Opinion or Scripture? —> As it is Written
1) Can we take Scripture as it is written?
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
2) But doesn’t Scripture have errors and thus it represents what the authors thought about it at that time?
Nope, no errors as 2 Timothy 3:16 above proves the Inspiration of the Original Scripture.
The Originals are Perfect. Copyist errors remain as copyist errors.
That’s why we refer to the Majority preserved texts which are closest in meaning to the Originals and are used by Bible Scholars in translation.
3) But what if I have a different opinion against the Biblical verses?
Firstly, between your “opinion” and “verses quoted”, I will stick to Holy Scripture. No worries sir, it’s “your choice” not to obey Scripture which doesn’t affect anything from the dawn of creation and neither to the restoration of it.
Thy opinion against Scripture is flawed and not Holy Scripture. I will stick to “as it is written”.
4) But, you realize that the verses quoted are to support your *opinion* right? You can pull verses out of context from all over the bible to support almost any opinion. Example, some claim that the earth is flat.
Wrong, actually. Scripture only states what it states.
People add or remove from the Original meaning to claim things which are not written nor pointed to in Holy Scripture.
An example would be 1 Corinthians 14:34. I am pretty sure that you and your scholars would have some “opinion against” that Word of God.
The earth is approximately in a shape of a “circle” as it is written in verse below too:
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” (Isaiah 40:22)
5) Should we follow what is written in the Bible then? Isn’t it archaic?
Your point of contention to not follow what is written doesn’t move me.
I should follow what you write against Scripture? That’s ridiculous.
You may carry on with those who prefer your writing above written Scripture.
6) When that letter (1 Corinthians) was written, it wasn’t intended to be used as a catch all for everyone who came after and there are cultural contexts in relation to the women of that church and acceptable ways of conducting yourself in society at the time. So yes more than the face value matters. Otherwise I hope you’ve gouged out any eyes and cut off any hands that make you sin.
Again, opinions with “no” verses stating what ‘you & your scholars claimed’. Here are the ‘Biblical facts’ with ‘verses’:
(i) Gorging of your eyes and cutting off of your hand is not commanded but is mentioned to be “a better option” than being cast into Hell (Gehenna) in “comparison” which is true “as it is written”:
“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:29, NASB)
(ii) Plus there is no figurative language but a factual one in 1 Corinthians 14:34
“let the women be silent in the churches. For it is not allowed to them to speak, but to be in submission, as the Law also says.” (1 Corinthians 14:34)
Figurative and parabolic Scripture are distinct from factual ones. It’s sad that you can’t see a distinction between each.
Also, God’s Rule is not based on man made culture and it applies to all believers (whoever they are) within a covenant. 1 Corinthians 14:37 clearly implies this through Apostle Paul’s writings as ‘it is written’:
“If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)
To disobey and twist is your choice, but I don’t buy such shallowness.
(iii) Regarding these New Testament laws and conducts which God revealed through apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 14:37), it is the “same” in other churches too at that time.
God also revealed through His Prophets elsewhere and “not” only to the Corinthian church.
Here is that proof verse and though we may not understand how God did it, it must be through His Holy Spirit teaching the “same” thing directly to all “churches” of God ‘as it is written’:
“But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.” (1 Corinthians 11:16)
I won’t comment further and if you still have any further “contentions”, please bring it up to God and apostle Paul who wrote it as it is written to be the “same” to all “churches” of God in the last verse above too.
All these are a time based command for the New Testament age (1 Corinthians 14:37) as revealed through apostle Paul and to the obedient early church believers too.
Just because it is ignored, unknown or not preached or not realised by our ‘prophets’, it all remains “True” regardless “as it is written”.
(iv) It is the “same” within the New Covenant for ‘all believers’ because God speaks only the ‘same’ thing as He spoke to the ‘apostle of the Gentiles, apostle Paul Himself’ for this age:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
7) Only women who ‘obey’ God’s Word and obey their husbands (for those married) are justified & are called ‘daughters of Sarah’ as it is written:
“just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.” (1 Peter 3:6)
Thus, to be as close as possible to His Truth, it is best to follow the New Testament verses as God revealed it through apostle Paul. I have ‘no’ new change to add nor any mandate from God to remove anything from any of these verses ‘as it is written’.
Please be “wise” and don’t be deceived.
Holy Scripture is to be believed, accepted and taken as it is written. God did NOT subject it to be interpreted against what is written and more so by our opinions. God Forbid! Any explanation or interpretation must be in line of agreeing to what is written and not against it. Translated correctly first, of course.