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Life or Death up to a Vote

On my weekly podcast yesterday I dealt with an article that was outright appalling.  It was a couple who had started a website.  Not your typical website, mind you.  No this website was dedicated to a vote.  A vote of whether or not to abort their 17 week-old baby.  They were allowing the majority to rule on the issue of the life of the child.

It appalled me, but it also reminded me of the consequences of the New Morality.  Once we leave a standard for morality, what are we left with?  We are left with simply a popularity contest.  A vote on what is right and what is wrong.

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Bible Study-Section By Section

As we continue our Bible Study Series feel free to look at Old Posts here.

I have already emphasized the need of learning to read the books of the Bible as a whole.  There is no substitute to reading the text over-and-over again.  I also emphasized that as you read look for repetition and find some way to mark it.

Now once you have read through the book, I think it is important to begin to look section-by-section through the book. This is where genre comes into play.  For narrative you are looking for a change of scene to mark off sections. For epistles you are looking for a new paragraph setting, usually began by some repeated introductory phrase.  For prophecy it is important to figure out when new oracles begin. Once again we have help because of the repeated introductions.  Poetry admittedly is more difficult and will receive its own post later.

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Preliminary Thoughts–2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Read the earlier posts in this series here.

2 Thessalonians 2 is admittedly one of those difficult passages of Scripture.  It is difficult because we are not privy to information that it appears the Thessalonians knew.  Paul in fact states that he had taught them certain truths when he was with them.  He also assumed that they knew to whom Paul was referring in 2:6.  All of this increases the difficulty we have in this section.

Let me say though a few things that we can know. First, we can know that the reason verses 3-10 are included is to teach the Thessalonians that Jesus had not yet returned.  This section is Paul’s evidence that they should not believe the false teaching they had received.  Therefore if we reject the false teaching, then the evidence is not as important for us.

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Prayer of Worthiness–2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12

Eventually in our Bible study tips section we will deal with the importance of prayer sections in Paul’s writings (You can catch up on that series here).  However, let me just say here that prayer sections help us unlock the purpose of a letter.  To me it just makes sense that if a writer is sharing what he is praying about he is doing it for a reason.  Also the personal nature of prayer tells us what is on the author’s mind.

All that being said verses 11 and 12 of chapter 1 are a prayer section.  Paul tells the church what he is praying concerning them.  He wants them to know what his desire is for them, so that they can live in a way to make that desire a reality.  So what is Paul’s desire:

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Bible Study–Genre Matters

You can read the earlier posts in this series here.

The Bible is more than a single book.  Instead it is a collection of books.  Not only is a collection of books, but it is also a collection of books written in different genres.  Each of these types of writings are interpreted differently.

We should know this intuitively.  You read and interpret a letter from your wife differently then you do a legal ruling.  This should be true in how we view Scripture.  We do not interpret a narrative section (like Matthew, Mark, Genesis etc…), the same way that we would interpret a letter from Paul.  This becomes even more important when we start looking into books that are written in genres completely foreign to us (think the book of Revelation).

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