I've been reading some 1st corinthians lately, as well as some of the message this sunday was based on some of it.
Its definitely one of the most popular books of the bible to qoute. Paul says some pretty interesting and profound things in this book about how we should live life, and live it abundantly. A lot of people mis-interpret these scriptures, as well- most of the time, when you qoute a verse, you miss a lot of the surrounding verses, which you need to read, to understand what paul is trying to say.
Try taking a wonderful poem, and reading one line, and finding something profound in it. "The jay birds were perched upon the great maple tree," And you're like, okay, thats cool.
There are a couple of specific instances I'm talking about, in 1st corinthians. There is a scripture Paul wrote about previously, telling people not to hang out with people that are immoral. People that practice sexual sin, or are liars, greedy, or worship idols. Well, thats a verse many people love to use to beat down on other people or justify their lifestyle. I love what Paul writes here, to actually *Combat* that feeling of spiritual pride:
1st corinthians, 5:9-13
"When I wrote you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn't talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would haveto leave this world to avoid people like that. (Great sarcasm Paul. :) )I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people."
Well, even non-christians detest a person that is lying to themselves about their actions, proclaiming their belief in God, while practicing all sorts of crazy things.
Now, another note- in a couple verses previous, he talks about kicking someone out of the church. A lot of people like to use that scripture to make elite groups of people that "don't sin" or "practice a holy lifestyle." What people miss, is that paul is asking them to remove him from the church, because he says he is a christian, yet he's sleeping with his wife's MOM. GROSS. Paul said, meet as a group of elders, and remove him, so that his sin might be burned up, and he might be SAVED. Get it, SAVED. Not so that he is cast out like a lowlife.
I also love his bluntness about sexual sin. "Don't you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never!(!!!!!!) And don't you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the scriptures say, two are united into one."
That was corinthians 6:15-16. I love his bluntness. It's so true. You're joining your SOUL to every single person you sleep with. Imagine carrying around bits of every person you've ever slept with for the rest of your life, being part of them, and them part of you. Man, that just makes me want to stay even more pure for my wife, because I don't want to be a good ol melting pot of crazy people. I've even heard stories of people being cursed because of something a past lover has done... and it actually affecting them. (or, more practically, talk about STDs. I think a lot of the reasons why God told us to be pure, or a lot of his commandments, were just to keep us safe.)
I'll stop rambling, but I could go on... but I'm just going to read and fall more in love with God.