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Tempted to Believe Lies: Misinterpreted Scripture

Tempted to Believe Lies: Misinterpreted Scripture

Pt. 2: How Jesus Responds to Difficult People & Circumstances

We’ve all heard it, whether it was in-person or online, we’ve had the experience of hearing someone misuse Scripture to justify behavior. Sometimes we’re left scratching our heads thinking, “Did God really mean that?”. Other times, maybe we’ve been in complete agreement without realizing that the interpretation was incorrect.

In my life, “Honor your father and mother” was often used to justify abusive behavior from a parent. It was a way to keep me in line and maintain control all the while inhibiting my emotional and spiritual growth as a child.

God’s Word does tell us to honor our parents in Exodus 20:12, but there are also plenty of other verses on parenting and child-rearing. Using this one verse to justify any behavior from a parent is dangerous and can ultimately damage and misguide a child. Honoring a parent looks different to those with abusive, alcoholic, or negligent parents. And then again, honoring a parent as an adult looks differently than it did as a child.  

God’s Word has plenty of other verses on parenting and raising children beyond Exodus 20:12.

“Do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 NIV).

“Do no embitter your children, or they will become discouraged” (Col. 3:21).

“People with understanding control their anger; a hot-tempered person shows great foolishness” (Prov. 14:29 NIV).

“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control” (Prov. 25:28 NIV).

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14-15 NIV).

In the full context, parenting and honoring a parent is very complex depending on the parent. My temptation is often to continue to misinterpret Exodus 20:12 as an adult. While I hold love and deep regard for my parent in my heart, it’s not a relationship I can safely maintain at a close distance. I desire above all else for my parent to know Christ, and I continue to pray for that. But because I chose to step away from that unhealthy relationship, I’m often tempted by sadness or guilt to step back into a codependent relationship. I’m also tempted to be concerned about how others may judge me for this decision without really understanding the circumstances.

While our feelings are important, we can’t live by them. The Lord reminds us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond any cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). If a parent is inhibiting our relationship with the Lord or is abusive, we probably shouldn’t be spending a lot of time with them (1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 22:24-25, Prov. 13:20). And as adults, if we have children, we have an added responsibility to consider.

This is exactly how Satan tempts us- he attempts to feed our pride, guilt, insecurities, and desires in order to derail us from a relationship with God. While God does desire reconciliation with others, we can’t reconcile with someone who doesn’t repent or desire to change unhealthy behaviors. Misinterpreted Scripture can lead us astray when we don’t continually seek God for truth. How many other people today know Scripture, but don’t believe in Jesus? I’d say quite a few, and these people can be the most dangerous to Christians.

We are not alone in this temptation, as Jesus was tempted by misinterpreted Scripture in the wilderness. The devil uses Psalm 91 to try and persuade Jesus to jump off the highest point of the Temple (Luke 4:9-11). He quotes the Word of God directly to Jesus.

“He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone” (Luke 4:11 NIV, Psalm 91: 11-12).

In this temptation, Jesus knew what Psalm 91 actually referred to. It didn’t mean that He should be foolish and test God, but rather God protects His people for eternity. On this earth, we will have struggles and peril, but the Lord is the ultimate protection for our souls.

So what can we learn from Jesus when He was tempted by Satan misinterpreting Scripture?

First, Jesus put God first above any other relationship. It’s important to look at Satan and his motives. He is here to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Satan has rejected God, and he does whatever he can to derail our relationship with God. He is the original narcissist who uses lies to maintain “control” because the truth exposes his lies and destroys him.

When someone is giving us an interpretation of Scripture, we should always look at the character of the person. Does this person follow the Lord? How well do they know Scripture? Can we trust this person? Do they have accountability? Does this person genuinely care about my well-being? Does this person have an ulterior motive- control, ego, power, influence, etc.? Maybe we’re not sure of the person’s motives at first, but we can take the time to step back and evaluate before automatically jumping into agreement.

When my husband and I were going through a membership class at our church, we didn’t know our pastors very well, but we took the time to get to know them, evaluate what they were saying by going back to our Bibles, and asking questions. Our pastors welcomed questions and responded in humility and love. They willingly set up extra meetings at our request so that our questions could be answered. We observed those in the church- how they were living and interacting with others. Ultimately, we were won over by the love of the church and the truth that was shared with us in love. This was nearly a year’s process, but when we took the time to step back and evaluate, we were able to see the true motives of others.

Secondly, Satan knows Scripture well, but do we? Jesus knows Scripture. Jesus fights Satan with the truth. He openly rebukes Satan using the Word of God. When we know the truth, it’s much more difficult to be tempted to believe a lie. That’s why we need to be absorbed in God’s Word every day. We need to continually be reading and living out the truth. We fight our enemy, the devil, with the Word of God.

Lastly, we have to be able to weigh Scripture in light of Scripture. While that may seem contradictory, it actually isn’t. Thanks to Study Bibles and Bible apps, we can be shown where a cryptic verse is talked about in another part of the Bible to give context. We can also read commentary from Bible scholars or talk to pastoral staff on a particular set of verses for clarity. If we read Scripture in the context that it’s meant to be read, we will have the right interpretation. Taking Scripture out of context is dangerous because if our minds believe something to be true, we will live by it. Instead of living out the truth in freedom, we will be slaves to a lie. When we live by the truth of God’s Word, we are not easily swayed to give in to the temptations of the devil. Relying on Scripture’s true intention, we walk freely in the truth.

Ultimately, we should come before our Father in Heaven for guidance in prayer. God loves his children dearly, and we are to seek Him with all our being (Jeremiah 29:13). He has blessed his children with the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us in the way we should go. We are never alone.

In your life, where have you been tempted to believe misinterpreted Scripture? Or where have you actually believed lies because of misinterpreted Scripture? How is God continuing to work in your heart to re-shape that lie with the truth?


**This is my second article looking into how Jesus responds to difficult people and circumstances. Check out the other articles below:

Pt. 1: False Accusations

Pt. 3: Cross or Comfort: Misguided Advice & Opinions

Pt. 4: Enticed By Words: Flattery

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8 thoughts on “Tempted to Believe Lies: Misinterpreted Scripture

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      Oh I agree Amber, on this point of folks using Scripture for ulterior motives or in some cases just plain ignorance not knowing enough about what they are saying being foolish; even whole church denominations are doing this! Some getting quite wealthy in the process as we well know!
      And naturally a child should honor their parent’s which almost goes without saying; but anyone with a rational mind and their own conscience can even sense when something is not right and is wrong! Even a child senses genuine love from their parents, I say especially mothers who had the closest humanly possible bond with that child forming in her womb! But too, a child can feel unwanted or unloved because they are being rejected, abused or targeted with a corrupted blood parent who acts like nothing of the kind; this happens every day with parents that are destroying their own flesh and blood children with horrible and even diabolical abuse! Come on lets be freaking real here, this insane horrendous civilization we live in condones abortion of a human child of God’s, full term day of delivery, and in Maryland if the State Legislators get their way up to 28 days after delivery; retroactive abortion, what the heck is that but outright murder! We now live in an ugly hideous society, of all kinds of nut cases for parents running around; and even worse running our governments be they Federal, State or Municipal!

      What Scripture does point out to us is how “dire” this world is which is ruled by the greatest deceiver and father of all lies, so we must learn to not put much of our inner substance and invest it into this world of treachery, temptations and fallibility; because “all do Fall Short of The Glory of God!” But those of us that have had decent law abiding Christian minded good persons for parents, truly love them and appreciate all they did for us; even when they had to provide a measure of punishment to get us to change course quickly or WAKE UP before something really bad happened to us by our own foolish volition; because actions have consequences and the worst ones can lead to hell for eternity!
      When I was a young lad my father told me to get up to my bedroom and he would be there in a minute, after I had caused a fracas and mouthed off to my mother using some derogatory term and then acting like It wasn’t my problem, and being arrogant to boot! My dad came in to that room with his strap and explained immediately how I deserved it right then and there and he didn’t have to use it, or to some people abuse me, but, I never got him that upset again; I really learned my lesson and respected him and my mom knowing what he was teaching me is that there is one of two bosses in the house that I must respect and listen to under his roof as he put it; but I wasn’t one of them! RESPECT and REAL appreciation of my parents was what I learned that day, and it helped me so much to not have any such problem moving on.

      But as I was pointing out all things here in this fallen world have a limit, and this isn’t “the be all and end all” by any means; so that lesson and all the others through the years have taught me that in this life there is one BOSS and that is the Man upstairs; who I have to and MUST align with even “far better” than any parent or government power on this earth!

      Matthew 10:36-38 “A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; 38and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”

      John 17:15-16 “I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the “evil one.” 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”

      1 John 5:19 “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

      Romans 12:1–2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

      My point is; how can we invest our heart and soul into anything in this world so devotedly as if worshiping it; be it a parent or career and anything in this world; even world power which many are trying to do right now as we see plainly, but in so doing how can we not mark or blaspheme God who is the only one, the “one being” “we should and must worship!” Amen.

      Let’s learn from our parents and the other world lessons that are valuable in cultivating and encouraging us; to see God’s Truth and seek it above all things seen and unseen!
      Thanks you.
      God bless you and yours!
      Brother in Christ Jesus,
      Lawrence Morra III

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        Yes, godly discipline is of extreme importance. I am thankful for the discipline and guidance I received as a child. Some parents do not discipline, and we see the results of that in our world. Other parents over discipline, abuse, and ridicule children to manipulate and control, and that is also extremely damaging. This is why it’s so important to raise children relying on the truth of Scripture. Thanks for sharing, Lawrence. God bless!

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          “Some parents do not discipline;” Absolutely and omg they enable all manner of evil in their own flesh and blood! I have to leave you with this long comment I made on another blog posting last night and this fits so perfect!

          “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24

          Spare the rod and spoil the child! Meaning children cannot grow up with proper values and respect if allowed to grow out of control like weeds! They should learn that for wrong or bad actions there are consequences; we are after all in the fallen world and they must learn that temptation to do wrong abounds throughout the world; and it is our individual duty to learn there things so we will do the right thing and prefer trying to do our best and what is humanly possible; therein act by conscience and virtue!

          So many people today are rearing their children the opposite of this and that is why we so much social decay where they are being taught to identify with being whatever they want whether a boy, girl, cat or fish it’s whatever “you wish!” Definitely not what God Himself has told us by His own words and Commandments!
          Kids have safe spaces, so they can believe, instead that they are entitled to feel what they want when they want and nobody pays any mind; or they all get awards for just showing up; no motivation of due diligence to work hard to be the best person and learn the all you can! This is called “Enabling” like an alcoholic or drug addict! The society is breeding or encouraging malcontented, misfit lunatics that can’t take orders or life head-on when dealing with reality and no wonder we have so many joining groups like BLM and Antifa; all out of control heathens with no morals or principles; just rage and evil inspired insanity!

          Then today I followed up with this!

          See what I mean I knew it because you saw exactly what I have witnessed on the global scale over this same last 20 years! The change or approach to rearing children and the public education systems have both declined into a quagmire of twisted perverted thinking; that I see as I thought this over last night, as more of a plan to push the newer generations toward “communism” or more precisely totalitarian control as they “break down the traditional family values and societal mores,” kind of what was done in China during their so called “cultural revolution” on into full blown “communistic dictatorship!”

          Mao was responsible for about 1.5 million deaths during the Cultural Revolution alone, with another million or more it’s estimated for the other brutal campaigns, and “between 35 million and 45 million for the Great Leap Famine.” But another reliable source heritage.org places the number this way! “According to the authoritative “Black Book of Communism,” an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new “socialist” China.”

          And look at these idiots or totally brain washed jackasses like BLM and Antifa biting the hand that feeds them to Go Socialist!!! Yea right, great job imbeciles, like AOC for a leader??? What has happened to peoples reasoning abilities or seeing the forest for the trees??? “The Blind Leading the Blind!” And not only into socialism or actually what it is Communism; but right into the clutches of Satan who has always been behind atheist communism!

          God tells us. Like a good parent a mild form of chastisement, correction, is required in all of our lives because those valuable lessons are to prevent us from truly slipping off into the abyss and “eternal chastisement,” which is no longer to learn but to be punished! When God does these things for our own good he is actually being so loving and kind; to keep giving us countless chances if necessary to fall into line and follow Jesus before it’s too late!

          God bless!

          I need to catch up in a while on the other comment!
          👍 🙏 ✝️ 🙏

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      Hi Amber! Thank you for this in-depth and very thought provoking moving testimony!

      In particular these Scriptures stood out to me intensely.
      “People with understanding control their anger; a hot-tempered person shows great foolishness” (Prov. 14:29 NIV).

      “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control” (Prov. 25:28 NIV).

      “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14-15 NIV).

      Now to this powerful admonition on your part! I chose to step away from that unhealthy relationship; I’m often tempted by sadness or guilt to step back into a codependent relationship. I totally agree and I’m the same way with any of my relatives and would be with any personal relationship! I learned long ago that some people are toxic and they won’t quit either so only a fool will engage with such detrimental, emphasizing the “Mental” in that word because I saw eventually when I was in such a relationship that the other person had mental issues that I’m not able to fix nor should I sacrifice myself for the baggage that someone else is carrying around all their life that others helped them acquire! That is something for a professional to work with for which they get paid, as it’s their chosen profession and not mine! Far too many people in this world today are very abusive human beings or in the least too self-centered and arrogant, much of it due to mental issues and lack of God in their lives! So as individuals we must put our own health, happiness safety or over all wellbeing at the top of our priorities! I truly sympathize with the hardship others are having, but as my Dad told me when I was just starting to get deeply involved with the opposite sex, in a very involved relationship, how some people can’t live down their past and will prefer to drag you down with them over getting help and fixing the problem, as my mom would say that kind of person will use you as a punching bag! I see it like the alcoholic in denial all the time; its sadly a hopeless sinking ship and I’m not supposed to jump on board and sink with it! My mom would chime in many times saying misery loves company and that is so true I found out! I was always a happy-go-lucky fellow and had empathy for everyone, but, I got kicked in the teeth by people far too much in life to think that way anymore! I’m not angry; but I’m much wiser and very cautious about what I engage my personal life and space into now, and I like that just fine!

      Don’t worry at all about how others will judge you; as I see it you are absolutely fine and in the right! So you have nothing to feel ashamed of, let people think as they may that is not your problem either! I used to be so sensitive about people not liking me if I don’t go along with one thing or another, I wanted to be a pleaser and get them to like me and listen, but, that is flawed thinking and I won’t do that anymore!

      I’ve been quoting this Scripture a bit lately myself and its absolutely imperative to “take it to heart!”

      “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond any cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

      This is so true and wise of you to see it clearly!
      “This is exactly how Satan tempts us- he attempts to feed our pride, guilt, insecurities, and desires in order to derail us from a relationship with God. While God does desire reconciliation with others, we can’t reconcile with someone who doesn’t repent or desire to change unhealthy behaviors.”

      Satan is the master deceiver and rabble-rouse derelict always seeking to upset the apple cart as my Dad would say and throw you off! My Dad would also say, “that if a relationship be it anyone family or a dear friend is off the rails because the other person won’t take the steps necessary to change and stop the wrong behavior, then he tells that person I’m not stepping out of my proper living, always taking the high road the way God expects me to, so I won’t step down into the ditch with you; if you want to continue this relationship you need to step up to where I’m walking and do what is necessary in order to make yourself do that; which is by admitting you have a problem and seek the proper help to resolve it!”

      “It didn’t mean that He should be foolish and test God, but rather God protects His people for eternity. On this earth, we will have struggles and peril, but the Lord is the ultimate protection for our souls.”

      I just today was speaking with a woman about this very thing and mentioned how God did save me from peril a few times but we must seek him with a pure heart knowing that we are in His hands; so if we are doing as we should, whatever the outcome; it’s His will or what’s meant to be!

      This came up in that conversation also; “Does this person genuinely care about my well-being?” I told this woman that works in medicine how years back when I was suffering from a severe physical injury and then took on the legal ramifications by firing the lawyer and handling the work related case myself. I further explained that a doctor I received by I’m sure a Godsend, who made the absolute difference in this complicated matter, her having absolute integrity and vast knowledge in this specific medical science that I had to wrap my head around, and this matter being in a highly politically charged circumstance; she told me one day in the office as I sat talking with her; “that anyone else I seek any help from or get involved in my case, that I should make sure any such person has my best interests at heart!”

      Because as you stated here which I quote below, I can assure you from experience far too many people in this world are exactly this way in some shape or form having; “ulterior motive- control, ego, power, influence, etc.? Maybe we’re not sure of the person’s motives at first, but we can take the time to step back and evaluate before automatically jumping into agreement.”

      You hit the nail on the proverbial head, and these days more than ever before, in my humble opinion, people will sell a person out in a heartbeat, or turn bitter toward you and backstab for a host of reasons, sometimes just because that person is that depraved and wicked! I’m sorry to say, that is why I love to be around animals and nature far more than people in general, though I wish it were different, because I would love to be free and open with loads of people, as that’s my true nature; but the world isn’t like that.

      This is so important and the way to proceed in trusting people and building worthy bonds! “When we took the time to step back and evaluate, we were able to see the true motives of others.” And I say, when you find such a person you found a jewel in my book, because I learned this the hard way through trial and error! I got to know a priest over many years at a beautiful church and he was one of the best, a most humble servant of God that I’ve ever known; I even told him at times that he speaks and reminds me of my Dad and that is not something I can say about other men easily at all; because my Dad was always that special! This priest became a friend who I called out of the blue on many occasions and if he was not busy, would let me talk about many important sometimes crucial matters, for hours; he had the patience of a saint, because I can talk far too much for most people to handle!

      This is so crucial; “We can also read commentary from Bible scholars or talk to pastoral staff on a particular set of verses for clarity. If we read Scripture in the context that it’s meant to be read, we will have the right interpretation.” My priest/friend was an extraordinary theologian and scholar; knowing and possessing so much knowledge about the Bible and all of the history of the Church, along with a mind and discipline I admired so much; as he knew just anything I would bring to the table in a manner of speaking; to talk about or inquire for my good!

      In closing, this comment of yours ties in perfectly with my own experience in understanding what is going on!
      “God loves his children dearly, and we are to seek Him with all our being (Jeremiah 29:13). He has blessed his children with the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us in the way we should go. We are never alone.”

      When I had just lost one of the most important people in my life, if not the most important one, so much, that I could have broken-down and become truly crushed, perhaps even lost over it, but I was empowered by the Holy Spirit when I got home and was praying, talking to God through Jesus as I walked into my home and went immediately to my Bible, and as I picked it up I asked God in Jesus’ name to please show me in His Holy Words what I need, in order to get through this extreme heartbreaking ordeal! And I allowed my hands to just let the Holy Book fall open and it was on the pages with these Scriptures!

      John 14:2-4 “In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

      And I read on to these words of our Lord God.
      15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

      And that is exactly what happened, the Holy Spirit came to me and I was not feeling any sadness, but tears of joy welled up in my eyes for the departed loved one! As well, later over the years God did send the Comforter without any doubt, when I needed that and I was helped beyond measure by His interventions!

      Like my Mom said once and a thousand times to the entire family!

      “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
      Amen.

      Thank you for this inspiring and fine perspective on our understanding Scriptures, and making sure we are allowing the “Holy Spirit” to do His work in our hearts as our Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has promised that He will always do!
      God bless you and yours,
      Brother in Christ Jesus,
      Lawrence

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        Thanks for your deeply reflective response, Lawrence. I appreciate the additional Bible verses referenced as well!

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          Hi Amber, I was happy to hear that my response was well received by you and those Scriptural verses touched you, I imagine as they do me! I had written that long response after sleeping on what I had read in your commentary which I found to be quite extraordinary in that you were bringing up such an important timely problem in society as a whole but one which is in the church and homes! And I know I don’t have to tell you along with your readers about the treachery and ill-will going on all around us in this very messed up Manmade “Ways of The World” imperfect civilization. But thank God all is not lost, and how there are those individuals around us too, that are doing exactly what God wants them to do through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit He sends to His faithful to keep them on paths of righteousness while He is guiding us home to His everlasting kingdom!

          In my extra-long comment I was trying to affirm all you had said along these lines and how due diligence is always necessary, but, I realize now one thing I want to emphasize and make perfectly clear to anyone who cares! Which is; how it really is simple and all of these challenges should not overwhelm or intimidate anyone, if they are truly faithful and seeking God’s will in their daily lives!

          2 Timothy 1:6-8 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.”

          I just add this excerpt from a long essay I had written about the horrid perpetration of Covid vaccine lies and deception back in the summer of 2021 going on; because as I see it so many people do cooperate with evil and let’s say at times many enable it in each other! But even more detrimental than that; they cave-in to the Devil and his agenda!

          But here in the following testimony I point out how I had been blessed by having a great doctor/scientist and true Christian, and quite obviously to me an angelic woman brought to my aid! And she ultimately made the absolute difference in what seemed at the time to be such an impossible arduous task of my fighting against massive politicized powers or adversaries stacked up against me; a real David and Goliath confrontation! So we must always keep Jesus front and center in our lives, but if we do, then God will assuredly get us through whatever is going to fulfill His will for us; which is ultimately to lead us home to Him in heaven. Amen.

          “Then there was a top board certified department chairperson practicing physician/ professor at a world renowned school of medicine and simultaneously practiced medicine at a highly globally acclaimed hospital who I have to say was and still is one of only a few, of the top best doctors I’ve ever met in my life; and I know her to be one of the finest human beings on earth; what a wonderful woman that I love, who actually told me things out of genuine compassion and taking to heart the Hippocratic Oath! She said during a conversation while I was moving forward in my own health and Pro Se legal battle with the system and addressing my own medical legal need, “to make sure any additional doctors I seek the help of, to make sure that he or she has my best interest at heart!” In other words, she cared so much and honestly knew what I was going through or up against being on my own, with the exception of her of course; and that my Life depended on it! She cared so much that she wanted to not see me be taken advantage of or to learn the hard way how many doctors; don’t care! They will sell me out, long before they do a Hospital, an Insurance Company or Big Pharma Corporation; all of which the doctors are so “beholding to!” Thinking of her brings a tear to my eyes!”
          Thank you Lord!

          Brother in Christ Jesus,
          Lawrence

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      ouch, this hit more home then I thought it would when I clicked on it. I am often surprised how people justify violent behavior in a church. I had someone ask me about abusive situations and submission. I looked her straight in the eyes and said “Based off of what I know of God and His word; I know without a doubt that He would want us to intervene. God gave early Israel many laws that protected His people against violence. God thought we were worth dying for, by His character alone, I know He would not approve of this behavior.” Sadly many people don’t really know what scripture says. they throw around verses taken out of context. Most often making people carry a weight they were never meant to bare. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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        Agreed. Yes, it is such a burden to carry those verses out of context. Hence, why it is so important we stay in all of God’s Word and seek the Holy Spirit. Thanks for your comment, and I look forward to reading more of your poetry!

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