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Concordance Like Strong's Worthless For Serious
Serious biblical study consists much more of trying to look up words in a concordance
such as Strong's that lists all possible Greek meanings. It would be nice if it
were so simple.
For example, what is the literal meaning of "Trunk"? A concordance would
list such things as the front end of an elephant, the back end of a car, the bottom
of a tree, the middle of a person, or all of a large suitcase! Strong's concordance
is just as meaningless in trying to understand Greek. In fact Greek may be much
more difficult to translate than English. For serious biblical study you not only
need to understand the Greek word, you have to evaluate the context and evaluate
other uses of the word.
True Biblical theology begins not with Church tradition and dogma but with the biblical
texts themselves. Biblical theology seeks to understand how the biblical authors
expressed themselves in terms of their culture. Only with this understanding is
it legitimate to define biblical sexual ethics of the NT and find implications for
Many serious Christians writers without any personal bias come up with very different
biblical truth than Church tradition regarding sexuality. There are some Christian's
whose maturity enables them to study other viewpoints without becoming emotionally
agitated. Others do not have the maturity and revealing other scriptural interpretations,
rather than being a blessing, ends up being a curse on them, resulting in agitated
emotions and a need to prove their point over any logical presentation of possible
No Christian should judge others just because they take the scriptures more seriously
than looking up words in a concordance. If you are happier in your beliefs that
sex is wrong outside of marriage that may be what is best for you. But it is not
the only legitimate interpretation of scripture. If you understand Church history
and its biased translations through history you soon realize the lies and deceptions
the Church is teaching regarding many sexual issues and especially homosexuality.
The one clear teaching is Christ's love and that all the rules we seek are but gnats
and we should exhibit more love (I don't mean sexual), and non-judgmental acceptance
of legitimate different scripture views.
My final thought is to encourage us to look at scripture more in light of Christ's
love and not as a rule book. I assure you the more liberal position is very legitimate
for some, but it may not be legitimate for God's will in your life - but remember
the prostitute gets to heaven before the literalist which was what the pharisee's
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