White & Black or ?

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  1. Justified

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    Do you see Scripture in black and white, or do you also see gray areas?

    This is not meant to be a racist, or bigoted thread, as some believe I am, because of the way I see things. [​IMG]

    I see white and black, when studing Scripture, and I see black and white in life as well. :D
     
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    Black and white. [​IMG]
     
  3. BrianT

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    I see colors.
     
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    I see black, white and red in my bible. :D

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    Plenty of grey areas.

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    I once heard a sermon on Spiritual Gifts and the speaker said that the person with the gift of prophecy sees everything in black and white and offends people with the unblinking messages like, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife!"

    Someone else with Barnabas' gift of encouragement may see the sin just as black, but will woo the sinner away from it.

    Both men are gifted by the Spirit of God to accomplish His purposes.

    John Mark is an example of a young man benefitting from Paul's sternness and Barnabas' mercy.

    Shalom :D

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  7. Baptist Believer

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    I see principles in black and white and application of those principles in shades of gray. For instance, it is possible to do the right thing with the wrong attitude and end up doing evil. It is possible to make the wrong decision in the right way and have a God-honoring result.
     
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    Black and white: What it means to me and any other person with half a brain [​IMG] !
     
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    I agree...though it might get me into trouble! There are MANY grey areas!

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    PHEW!!! Glad I got a whole one. [​IMG]
     
  11. Rosa

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    Black and White and a lot of prayer for things that I don't understand.
     
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    Great question!

    I had always been a grey area person, especially in my youth. As I've gotten older, those grey areas have become more black and white.

    As far as the Bible goes, I see room for grey areas...and I agree, lots of prayers for guidance are needed when I do.
     
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    Paisley. Or maybe a nice tartan.

    Grey is awfully boring. ;)

    I do see a lot of room for interpretation, which, it seems, puts me in the liberal pool (since, as we all know, there's no such thing as a literal interpretation -- that's oxymoronic).
     
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    Black and white! God doesn't change His mind, what right do I have to try to change it for Him?
     
  15. Johnv

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    It's black and white, and grey. For example, the Ten Commandments are black & white, and absolute. They've never changed and never will. (yes, even the 4th commandment).

    Other things, for example, Jesus' parables, have a meaning that will apply to us differently depending on our life's experiences. For example, the Prodigal son story will be a little different if we think we're the son, if we think we're the father, or if we think we're the brother.
     
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    To make a statement on "Black and White" is too general. When the Bible makes a very clear statement about whether something is to be done or not done that does not leave any room for gray. The gray only comes when there isn't a clear statement in the scripture. For instance, in the area of dress code, the Bible does not stipulate what clothing pertains to women and therefore leaves a little gray area. But when there is absolutely no doubt DON'T . That is Black and White.
     
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    So you don't believe in a soldier killing the enemy during wartime?

    And you feel you should "rest" on Saturday instead of Sunday?

    A father who is having an incestuous relationship with his child should still be honored by that child?

    A CIA operative stealing secret documents from Iraq is a sin, right?
     
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    Lots of grey unless you're a legalist, Right Justified? Calvinism vs. NonCalvinism Grey area?

    Lots of Black and White and lots of grey. Fortunately all the fundamentals are black and white.
     
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    The 10 Commandments are not as “black & white” as we might first imagine. For example, does “thou shalt not kill” mean a solider cannot kill to protect his country? You see! Not so black & white. There is GRAY!

    Does the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” include the THOUGHTS of the action or just the physical act? (Matt. 5: 28). You see! Not so black & white. GRAY!

    When I reflect upon life, I discover that for the most part, it is really colored GRAY. The color gray itself is a mixture of black and white in equal proportions. Most often, somewhere within those proportions lies TRUTH. [​IMG]

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    Latterrain, Jesus didn't make mental adultery a gray area. He made it black. He said the preson has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    All black sin comes from the abundance of our hearts.

    One Christian thought Jesus meant she was as guilty as him (or vice versa if the mental adultery is in a woman's heart).

    I do not agree with that because the other person may not know nor agree with it.

    One gray area is the advice not to do anything that would cause our brother to stumble and sin.

    How far should one go with that?

    Shalom :D

    Alli

    [ September 11, 2002, 06:54 PM: Message edited by: Alliswell ]
     

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