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Jesus and the Bible

"When we Christians are tempted to lob Bible verses at one another like hand grenades, we might do well to consider Jesus' example.

On a certain day, Luke tells us, Jesus was in his hometown, Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30). He stood up in the synagogue to read, and he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. Scrolling through, Jesus read from two verses. Actually, a verse and a half.

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor (Isaiah 61:1-2, NRSV).

Biblical interpretation requires discernment. It will not do simply to open the Bible and start talking. It's not adequate to collect favorite proof texts and stick them to contemporary questions. It won't do to repeat everything we've been told, all that's passed down to us. Right from the beginning of his ministry, Jesus practices discernment..."

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In light of the ideas presented in the article, you might be interested in reading the complete story of this event from The Urantia Book. HERE

It is the occasion of Jesus' first sermon in the Nazareth synagogue - at the tender age of 15 years.

And second, HERE is what Jesus had to say about Scripture, and why he was so selective - so discerning - in his choice of which Scriptures to use in order to further the Kingdom

159:5.9 Jesus did not hesitate to appropriate the better half of a Scripture while he repudiated the lesser portion. His great exhortation, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” he took from the Scripture which reads: “You shall not take vengeance against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus appropriated the positive portion of this Scripture while rejecting the negative part. He even opposed negative or purely passive nonresistance. Said he: “When an enemy smites you on one cheek, do not stand there dumb and passive but in positive attitude turn the other; that is, do the best thing possible actively to lead your brother in error away from the evil paths into the better ways of righteous living.” Jesus required his followers to react positively and aggressively to every life situation. The turning of the other cheek, or whatever act that may typify, demands initiative, necessitates vigorous, active, and courageous expression of the believer’s personality.

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