Criticism

People would like you more if you got a new hair-do.”  “Your hair-do looks awful!”  “That outfit makes you look fat.”  “The clothes you wear make you look too skinny.”  “Don’t let yourself go bald!”  “I got you this anti-aging cream because you need it.”  “You know, it would be good for you to get out and so stuff more.”  “Why don’t you stay home more often?”

Cover of "Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Ed...

Cover of Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition

Q: What does the Lord of the Bible have to say about criticism?

The majority of people in this mean, cruel world are critics. They criticize you, me and everyone except themselves.  I ran a search on Net.Bible.org using the word “criticize” and to my surprise numerous scriptures came up.  Here are just a few.

Answer:

Matthew 7:1Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment (MSG).

Matthew 7:3 It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 7:4 Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? 7:5 It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a wash cloth to your neighbor (MSG).

2 Corinthians 8:20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us (ESV).

Romans 14:16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil (ESV).

Job 6:25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove (NIV)?

Psalm 119:39 Take away the insults that I dread! Indeed, your regulations are good (NET).

1 Corinthians 9:3 This is my defense to those who examine me (NET).

Romans 14:13 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other.  Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is (MSG).

Job 40:2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?  You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” (NLT).

Isaiah 29:24 Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight (NET).

James 2:4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? (NASB).

Numbers 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (NASB).

Mark 14:6 But Jesus said, Let her be; why are you troubling her?  She has done a kind act to me (BBE).

My analysis: Biblical interpretations use these words as synonyms for criticism.

Criticism = pick on, jump on, criticize their faults, judge, blame, contempt, sneer, ugly sneer, evil, arguments, insults, examine, deciding what’s right for each other, argue, complain, judges with evil motives, speak against, trouble

The synonyms reek of negativity!

Most Evil

Matthew 12:31 So I say to you, Every sin and every evil word against God will have forgiveness; but for evil words against the Spirit there will be no forgiveness.

Q: What does this really mean?

I’ve heard different interpretations but the only thing that makes sense was something a Jewish man said on TV or radio.  He said that the original Hebrew uses the phrase “carry evil in the lord’s name”.  To carry evil meant to purposefully do evil therefore, Jesus is saying, anyone who purposefully does evil in the name of the Lord will not be forgiven.

An example being the Spanish Inquisition – the religious people did evil in the name of Jesus so those people are not forgiven???

Is this true?

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I Can’t Be Wrong!

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Q: Does the Bible really mean whatever we want it to mean?

Many people attending church are tought that we can interpret scriptures however we like.  I was sitting in a crowded church when the preacher told everyone, “The Bible can mean one thing to me, another thing to you and another thing to someone else.  We’re all right in our own way.  No one is wrong!”  The people went wild and cheered.  It was an ultra “conservative” church.  Recently, a church person told me that a certain scripture meant something.  I told him that’s not what it referred to.  He got mad and insisted, “It can mean what ever I want and I can’t be wrong!”  Is that really true?

A: Jesus has the answer… Mark 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God?

When we believe that the Bible can mean what ever we want it to mean we are deceived, we don’t know the scriptures and we don’t know the POWER OF GOD.

Mark 12:26-27  Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!

Jesus interpreted the Bible correctly and used scriptures to show the people how their interpretations were BADLY mistaken.

WARNING!!!

Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you.

David Koresh had his own Biblical interpretation in Waco, Texas.  Jim Jones of the Jones Town massacre had his own interpretation.  The grand inquisitors of the Spanish Inquisition had their own interpretations.