You Gotta Have a Scope

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  1. J.D.

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    Many years ago, in a little church down South Alabama, a little old man dressed in farming overalls (Duckhead, of course) used to visit our church on Sunday nights. Whenever theological discussions would break out, he would repeatedly say "you gotta have a scope", at which time I would just look at him as if he were insane and not participating in the same conversation that I was.

    But after many years, I finally came to see the wisdom of this little old man. Now I know what he was talking about.

    I just want to see if any of you would like to venture a guess as to what "you gotta have a scope" is talking about?
     
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    Maybe from the discussions your breathe smells bad...requiring "Scope"?
     
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    Believe me, HE was the one that need that kind of scope. Now, what is a scope? Any ideas? Huh? Huh?
     
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    .

    Yet we are suppose to figure it out in a few days?:love2:
     
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    You guys are a smarter than me. You probably know the answer already - you're just playing cat and mouse.
     
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    The only possible answer that comes to mind pertains to firearms. He must have been using the analogy of a sight or something to help you hit your target. But having grown up in Mississippi, I must tell you not to put too much stock in his original meaning because the guy sounds crazy if you asked me. However, perhaps after many years now you have through reflection come up with a good application of the phrase. Tell us what do you think he meant?
     
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    Here's a hint. There's a "scope" in this verse. Do you see it? (Think hermeneutics, not firearms - that's what confused me too).

     
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    The scope is in terms of the world? So was his point that we must focus on evangelism and not get caught up in silly trivial matter?
     
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    Well, it could be a perish-scope. Or "scope" could be an acrostic, with the letters spelling something.
     
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    A scope isolates the target. Meaning that when one uses a scope he filters out everything that is unimportant and zooms in on the intended target. You don't shoot at everything but the most important thing.

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    Thanks

    You do gotta have scope. All. (All of whom?) Any. (Any of whom?)

    No scope, no understanding.
     
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    You gotta be able to put it all together to come up with the right way of looking at it. The right way of seeing it. The right way of viewing it. You can't give an interpretation of one verse on that verse alone or by plucking out others. You put them altogether and then you focus (focus) on the scriptures altogether instead of from without.
     
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    What has it gots in its pocketses?
     
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    Oh cruel hobbit, thou does not care if we be hungry!
     
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    You're getting warm....
     
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    BINGGGOOOO!!!

    Npet, I think you solved the previous one of my little silly quizes. It was the "Who Said This" thread.

    Scope= Context, measure, parameter, paradigm, limit, number....

    "Whosoever" is commonly used as a indicator of universality, when it actually does the opposite. It indicates the scope of the saving work of Christ, which is limited to believers only.
     
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    :thumbsup: :laugh: :applause:
    Thanks for a laugh from a Tolkein fan!
     
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    And you immediately forgot the scope . . .

    2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

    Oh the details . . . shoulda used a better scope.

    ;)
     
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    Either
    1. "the whole world" does not mean every single person, or
    2. "propitiation" is not enough to save so something must be added, or
    3. every single person is saved.
    According to your scope, which is it?
     
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    After passing over this thread, and not giving much attention to it, I read it through today, and will now throw in my two pesetas, here. J.D. has one definition of "scope", and it is a valid one. Some of the others were valid, as well. But unless your friend in Dockers®, (I personally wouldn't put too much stock in, no pun intended, what brand his jeans were. I prefer KEY® or Dickies®, myself, and Levis® are supposed to be good, as well.), the gentleman in question, expounded, how are you sure which definition is the one he meant? Other valid ones include "vision" and "goal". It seems 'theological' to me, to assume the one you assumed, without further info. But maybe that's only my 'scope', on it.

    Ed
     

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