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What Did Jesus Actually Say…

December 23, 2013 4 comments

A recent post on the Religion page of the Huffington Post states that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality (See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/22/what-jesus-says-about-homosexuality-_n_4489452.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003).  This can lead to the assertion that because the Gospels do not record Jesus as saying anything about homosexuality, he must not have had an opinion about it.  I suppose one could also make the argument that it was not an issue at the time of Jesus; therefore, nothing needed to be said.  Either way, the post succeeded in being provocative.

Either way you look at it, this is a good example of picking and choosing particular passages in Scripture to support your idea of what is right and wrong.  In this case, the author is only considering part of the Bible while ignoring the rest of Scripture.  It is true that the Gospels do not quote Jesus as saying anything concerning homosexuality, but that does not refute what other books of the Bible say.  Moreover, we do not know for certain that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality.  As John records, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book.” John 20:30 (English Standard Version).

Just my thoughts.

Categories: Bible, gospels, theology, worldviews

Do you understand the secret to the kingdom of heaven?

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

This morning I am continuing my reading through the Gospels. I am reading them as I continue to ponder discipleship and what it means to our churches. This morning a couple of things seem relevant.

In chapter four, we read of the purpose of the parables. Beginning in verse 10, those that were around him asked about the parables. It is interesting to note that there were more than just the twelve apostles. Jesus answered them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.” Later, in verse 34 it says, “He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.”

Two things come to mind as I reflect on these passages. First, there were more than just the twelve apostles with Jesus at this time. Many followed him, but some may have done so out of curiosity. Jesus says that the secret of the kingdom of heaven has been given to them, but perhaps they did not all accept it. Perhaps, the better way to state it would be that not all of them had the faith to accept it. Jesus goes on to explain the parable of the sower. It would seem many of those that followed him fit into the illustration other than that given in verse 20.

The second thing that comes to mind is from verse 33 and 34. Mark writes that Jesus continued to speak in parables, but then “privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” This shows that even though Jesus called his twelve disciples, and that they were given the secret to the kingdom of heaven, they must continue to be taught to understand the parables.

In our churches today, many Christians have received the gift of salvation; yet, they do not pursue Jesus as a disciple by studying the scriptures. If Jesus had to teach the apostles that he called to understand the secret of the kingdom of heaven, does it not make sense that we need to be diligent to seek the wisdom as taught in scriptures all the more? We should not take for granted our salvation, treating it as nothing more than a get-out-of-jail-free card. Jesus called us to be his disciples; and as such, we should purposely pursue the secrets of the kingdom of heaven through prayer, study, and teaching.

Something to ponder today…

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