Cut & Paste Christians - Picking Which Scriptures They Like

We can't cut and paste things in the Bible, We Can't Take Scriptures out of context
We can cut and paste many things but not Scripture...

Thomas Jefferson didn't agree with the whole Bible, especially miracles, the resurrection, and the Holy Spirit. So he cut out the portions he didn't agree with and created the Jefferson Bible. 

Jefferson was like another political leader thousands of years earlier:
The Lord told Jeremiah to write a prophecy and when it was read to king Jehoiakim, he listened to it a few lines at a time and "cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire" (Jeremiah 36). 

Most of us don't take scissors to our Bibles; we just ignore passages we don't like or create sophisticated arguments to explain them away. 

A whole generation of Christians is redefining sexuality, life goals, and selfishness, ignoring the clear warnings and instruction of Scripture. 

We can cut or ignore, "but the word of the Lord endures forever" (1 Peter 1:25). 

For this I am grateful. 

Sources on the Jefferson Bible:
Jefferson Created His Own Bible - The Smithsonian
Jefferson Bible

11 comments:

  1. I agree Gail! This happens especially with parents disciplining their children. The Bible is pretty specific and yet, people make excuses. I'm definitely guilty :) Thanks for the great perspective and for hosting!

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  2. So true, Gail! "Cherry-picking" verses in an attempt to justify one's lifestyle can only get you in trouble! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

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  3. Jefferson didn't read the part in Revelation that speaks to the act of "adding to or taking anything away from." The redefining and liberal interpretation of God's word is the same, at least the way I interpret the Bible. Dangerous ground...

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  4. Gail, I always appreciate your boldness mixed with a sweet spirit in presenting your posts and the gospel the way it ought to be presented. I like the way you illustrate your point in a way that helps us to remember your point.

    Thanks for hosting today. I like that it comes in my inbox. I can stop what I am doing for a few minutes and link up and read your post and be encouraged.

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  5. I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts here, Gail, and I appreciate your courage in speaking the truth. Pinning your terrific image.

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  6. This is so true! I was talking to a relative once and she said that she believed some of the Bible but not all of the Bible. I told her that she couldn't just pick and choose like that. You can't just keep the parts you like and throw out the rest! Thanks for hosting today!

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  7. So very true. May we put away our scissors & paste & remember that the Bible is the whole counsel of God. Great reminder this morning!

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  8. Hi there Gail, thanks for stopping by Glass Slipper Restorations, I liked your facebook page, your are well on your way to 1100!

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  9. Hi Gail! Just got back from church, and our pastor pointed out that we love the encouraging word, but there were also a lot of admonishments (for lack of a better term, I don't remember the right word right now...).

    Can't ignore the instruction to jump to the encouragement, it's all encouragement! Thanks for the little history lesson too, I love history!

    Happy Sunday!
    Ceil

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