Finally succumbing to the need to express myself and let it all out.
Hoping I can overcome my obsessive compulsion and post this piece no matter how incomplete it may be – or seem to me.
Recently, I had the privilege of meeting two guys from Nigeria while out of Nigeria and while I was skeptical of ‘bonding’ with them just because we were Nigerians not in/out of Nigeria; Imagine my surprise when we (mostly the two of them) finally settled on an
argument or should I say discussion on the interpretation of a couple of verses from the bible. I was more than glad that I decided to or should I say was strongly urged to be ‘more sociable’ in my new environment.
Anyways, back to the discussion, I had just discussed on this same subject with a very wonderful poet on twitter a couple of months or weeks back, and I couldn’t help myself, but smile.
I used to believe in them
I might still believe in them
I’m not always sure if I do or don’t
It’s all subjective
When one is able to consider things from different point of views
Double minded – or should I say trouble minded
The issue of discussion was on whether as a ‘Christian’ brother or sister (since we were all brothers), one was allowed to marry an ‘unbeliever’.
The verses of debate were:
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
and2 Corinthians 6:14-17 King James Version (KJV)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
While Brother Kay’s views and mine were in agreement, Brother Dee did not quite agree with us. After trying to explain logically (and with other verses of scripture) I believe the exact meaning of the verses in question, I decided (not quite as I gave up partly because he kept pointing out that he had a ‘PGD in Theology’) to let Brother Kay do the rest of the talking and at the beginning of his proposition on the verses, he made a statement which has quite frankly stayed with me – “I know that you can make the bible to say what you want it to say, but….”.
Very interesting and thought provoking statement (obviously I think so, I’m writing a couple of hundred words ‘cos of it).
After pondering and ruminating on the statement, I can only say that is a scary thing to imagine.
While what you “make it say” does not necessarily translate to the correct interpretation or meaning(s), it is scary to think of the misdirections, lies, deceits and losses that abounds from the truth in that statement.
Let us pray and hope
That we be not found in that way
– That way that seem-eth right
But endeavor to be in
That which is
Grace & Peace be unto you.