Faith to Forgive

My Featured Blogger this week is Belle Unruh of Who Is God? Belle isn’t a preacher or teacher, but rather an unassuming, down-to-earth Jesus follower, whose self-description reads, “I am a daughter, sister, wife of God. This is all I need to be. It is all I want to be.”

In her posts, she seeks real answers to the kinds of questions real people ask. She trusts God completely, but is never afraid to ask, “Why?”

In other words, Belle is one of us.

Who is God?

Sycamore Tree in Israel.

One of my problems in reading the Bible is that I take many things Jesus said as being literal. The disciples had this problem too. When Jesus said to sell your cloak and buy a sword, it sounded like advice to have a sword in case people persecuted you. But this flies in the face of the other things Jesus said about turning the cheek and loving your enemies.

Most commentators of the Bible say Jesus was not being literal. And I believe they are right since when Peter cut off the ear of one of the men who came to arrest Jesus, Jesus healed the man and told Peter not to use the sword.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:

 “At the time the apostles understood Christ to mean real weapons, but he spoke only of the weapons of the spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit…

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7 Responses to Faith to Forgive

  1. roninjax says:

    Good post Mitch.

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  2. Jon says:

    Mitch, thanks for sharing! The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:14

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  3. Dave says:

    Interesting post. I have had this sort of debate with my sweetie and some others I know and respect who are probably more religious than I. I say the Bible should be looked at as a guide and searched for theme and meaning rather than used literally (obviously many disagree with me.) I’ve always thought since Jesus spoke Aramaic apparently, others in the Bible , Hebrew, that it’s been translated so many times, perhaps into Latin, into early English, into 19th Century English, sometimes into current vernacular – there are too many chances for errors in translation or transcription for it to be taken word by word. The overall message may remain clear, but some words may not be close to the word intended 2000 years ago What are your thoughts on that ?

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Dave, regarding dependability: In the time of Jesus and the Apostles people spoke in Aramaic and wrote in Greek, similar to the way people in Japan have a written language and a spoken language), but they thought in both, so writing the New Testament in Greek wasn’t really considered a translation. Modern Bibles are translated from the original languages (Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek) from painstakingly transcribed ancient copies that have been proven to be highly accurate, so accuracy isn’t really a major issue. I often use Biblehub to study Scripture, because it shows comparative translations and offers valuable commentary and study guide links. The Berean Literal Bible is interesting in that it sacrifices flow and readability for exactness (useful as an accuracy check). Here’s a sample of a page in Biblehub on John 1:1.

      No important truth depends on one or two hard-to-translate passages of the Bible. Everything that matters is there in virtually any widely accepted translation.

      “Religion?” Eh. God wants a Relationship with you! (read John 17:3–in any translation ;>).


  4. Mitch, There are many things that do not make any sense if you forget to think about. I have always enjoyed working through the differences of word us. I have a close relationship with using the Armour of Love. Good post.

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