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The Bible as an excuse

Discussion in 'Polls Forum' started by Alcott, Jan 19, 2005.

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  1. His motivation is selfish and worldly

    87.2%
  2. He probably does not understand “submit” in the biblical context

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. He needs to learn to focus on being the loving husband to whom a wife <i>wants</i> to submit

    2.1%
  4. He’s alright; even if it suits his egotistical needs, it’s still biblical

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  5. His motivation is wrong, so his wife should tell him to take a hike

    6.4%
  6. His motivation is wrong, but his wife should still submit biblically, and hopefully he will come to

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  7. His wife should do anything to get him to commit a sin for which divorce is biblically acceptable

    2.1%
  8. What he wants from his wife should be disregarded; this is the 21st century, not the 1st

    2.1%
  9. None of these reflect my opinion

    0 vote(s)
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  10. No opinion

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  1. Alcott

    Alcott Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think I have seen a poll just like this before, but here are some examples of how people might be using the Bible to suit their personal, or even selfish, desires, rather than focusing upon their responsibilities to God and His Kingdom. In each simple case, what is your opinion of the person’s motive or the reality of the situation? Check each statement you agree with.

    The scriptures referenced in the questions:

    Ephesians 5:22-- Wives,be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord

    Proverbs 31:6-7 -- Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more.

    I Timothy 5:17-- The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

    Hebrews 13:17--Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

    I Corinthians 5:5-- I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
     
  2. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    Good poll. It is interesting and took a lot of thought. [​IMG]
     
  3. chipsgirl

    chipsgirl New Member

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    I think people often twist scripture to suit theirs and societies needs.
     
  4. Alcott

    Alcott Well-Known Member

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    It's true that people do sometimes "twist" scripture to suit their wishes, but in the poll examples, it's more a matter of selecting what scripture suits them. They don't need to twist it, because it actually does say what they want. But they may, of course, ignore other relevant scriptures, and likely they don't apply the same type of 'reasoning' to other topics where it would not suit them.

    I think the point is that anyone who smugly cites scripture for personal advantage can be reasonably suspected of usurping certain honor which is due to God. The question should be: "What can I do to glorify God further?"... not "What did God say for my benefit?"
     
  5. Purple Lady

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    Wow, good poll
    Had to really think this one through
     
  6. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    Maybe thats why there was not more response to this. You actually, had to think!!!

    Salty
     
  7. kubel

    kubel New Member

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    Nice poll. I had to think about those answers :D . I got caught up on the Reverend one.
     
  8. El_Guero

    El_Guero New Member

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    Interesting ...
     
  9. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Didn't take much thought on my part. If you read the Bible, the answers are fairly clear, cut and dried.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  10. WallyGator

    WallyGator New Member

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    WOW! Don't even remember voting in this poll. Can't remember my answers.
     
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