If you want a lesson in how to win friends and influence people then you probably don’t want to follow Jesus’ example here:

Some of the religion scholars said, “Teacher, that’s a great answer!” For a while, anyway, no one dared put questions to him. Then he put a question to them: “How is it that they say that the Messiah is David’s son? In the Book of Psalms, David clearly says, 

God said to my Master, “Sit here at my right hand 
until I put your enemies under your feet.”

“David here designates the Messiah as ‘my Master’—so how can the Messiah also be his ‘son’?” With everybody listening, Jesus spoke to his disciples. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.” Luke 20:39-50 (The Message)

People who quote the Bible for to the ends of their own belief, or unbelief, run the risk of not properly understanding it. If we are to follow Jesus then the most important thing about the Bible is that it shows us the nature of God’s sacrificial love for all humanity. Trying to tie others up with grand arguments from scripture, about the minute meanings within it, runs the risk of contradicting the God given big picture. His purpose within every page is to show us the spiritual way of life made real in his Son so that we can live a full life in body, mind, and soul.

Living God through your living Word show me the way of life through Jesus your Son. Let my path be blessed with an intimate relationship with you and in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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