What a Difference Context Makes! A passage cited by vicious people addressed!

Romans 1:18 through 2:5

The Condemnation of the Unrighteous (captions by Net.Bible.Org)

1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, 1:19 because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 1:20 For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. 1:22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.

So what follows applies to idolaters!

1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

And to creation worshippers!

1:26 For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, 1:27 and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

To whom does what follows apply? Just “particular men and women,” as if the preceding verses did not exist? Or idolaters and creation worshippers? Or everyone who is guilty of the following?

1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. 1:29 They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, 1:31 senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless.

Does the next verse apply only to “particular men and women” or to all of the above?

1:32 Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.

Besides, they may deserve to die, but does this verse authorize going out to kill them!

The Condemnation of the Moralist

If we ignore the division here from chapter 1 to chapter 2 and appreciate that verse numbers and chapter divisions were not specifications made by the scripture writers, but later by editors who made these divisions for our convenience and theirs, we will get an entirely different message from the passage taken as a whole!!!

2:1 Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things.

Each and every thing? so if you practice some of them but not all, you are exempt from this? or this applies to you if you practice only some of them? perhaps only one!

2:2 Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. 2:3 And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? 2:4 Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed!

Romans: From the New American Standard Bible as found on Net.Bible.Org

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About Ghoh

My name is Joe, but username Joe was already taken. I am interested in politics, religion and ideas that are off the beaten path, whatever the subject.
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4 Responses to What a Difference Context Makes! A passage cited by vicious people addressed!

  1. yahoothom says:

    Reblogged this on YAHOO THOM and commented:
    This clears up a lot…thank you for this post and the clarity that it gives. Those of us that are LGBT Christians, believe it or not “We” do exist. This piece has given me solace…I thank you!

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    • Ghoh says:

      You are so very very welcome! I am in fact not Christian, but reform, very reform, Jewish. The scriptures, all of them, are founts of inspiration and infinite wisdom. It is disgrace that they should be so misused and abused. If we can cut through some of this, each in our own ways, we are doing some good!

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      • yahoothom says:

        I am Catholic, I love my faith even though I am gay. Putting those verses in context really did support my Faith. Thank you! I am a reformed very reformed Catholic..;o)

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