Monday, 24 October 2016

Exposing Attacks on the Bible to Justify Divorce and Attack Scripture, under the guise of "Justice"

  Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:14-16).

2 Peter 3:16 talks about unstable and ignorant people who twist the Scriptures to their own destruction. Nothing has changed since. There are still many such people today. 

A person need not be a cult member or leader unstable and ignorant. Such a person may be professing Christian who claims to affirm all the doctrines of salvation and to believe in Jesus Christ alone. 

This blog post is such an example:

Look at how author twists the Bible. The blog post is the product of an ignorant and unstable person who reads into the Bible to get the meaning she wants, impose it on others and accuses people who have an opposing (and right) interpretation as "evil" people who are "going to Hell". She's probably the one going to Hell by her misinterpretations which are a manifestation of her 'skepticism' that is, failure to trust the Bible for what it actually says, not what she wants it to say:

Among all kinds of vile misinterpretations she even dares to make her own sermon as if it was equivalent to that of Jesus Himself. She says:

"Now, kindly allow me now to paraphrase our Lord’s sermon style… You have heard that it was said “God hates divorce,” but I say unto you that is a notion invented by your religious leaders."

How is that an 'invented' notion? It was a prophet Malachi who said God hates divorce. Are you calling him a liar? If you, the author of that post is reading this, you don't need to answer this question as it is a rhetorical question. You know you are lying. False teaching cannot be kind, for it is not of the Holy Spirit.

She then again isolates the verse that "favours" her and misinterprets it, as a lawyer focuses on a particular legislative provision and insists that other parts of the law be read down, or read into with some meaning that one wants to make it mean. She continues:

"Scripture says:

…the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
“The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.
So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
(Malachi 2:14-16, NIV 2011; emphasis added)"
 To clarify Malachi 2:16, let's look at the NKJV translation:

“For the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”

 God hates divorce per se because it is itself violence, the violation of the marriage covenant. Since divorce itself is violence, how does that give a person who has been divorced an excuse to do evil? Is that not to do the same violence?  What about how the verse which says God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)? 

He does not side with victims or abusers in their vile sins of divorce per se, and not divorce only where there has been violence, but divorce per se.