Verse of the Day

If a man (sic) is righteous and does what is lawful and right … does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not take advance or accrued interest, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between contending parties, follows my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, acting faithfully—such a one is righteous; he shall surely live, says the Lord God.

– Ezekiel 18:5-9

Sounds easy enough. No mention of sacrifice, dogma, eating meat on Friday, confession, or any other man-made convention. How easily we pile burden upon burden on others in order to flaunt our own sense of self-righteousness.

6 thoughts on “Verse of the Day

  1. mystoiniq

    you sound kinda like a man i know….oh yeah, Yeshua Messiah, you know the guy that has a light yoke. 🙂

    shalom
    peter

  2. Well, apparently there are several ways to get to heaven according to the Christian traditions.

    Old Testament, just believe in god of the Jews.
    New Testament believe in Jesus.
    If you never heard a gospel message, such as in the early Americas, just earnestly believe there is a God, and not those heathen Gods.
    If you die as a child; free pass.
    If you are mentally retarded; free pass.

    Then even believing in Jesus is not so simple:
    1. Believe in Jesus.
    2. Repent and believe in Jesus.
    3. Repent and believe in Jesus and then accept him as your personal savior.
    4. Repent and believe in Jesus and then accept him as your personal savior and then be baptized.
    5. Repent and believe in Jesus and then accept him as your personal savior and then be baptized and then live sinless.
    6. Repent and believe in Jesus and then accept him as your personal savior and then be baptized and then live sinless and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues.
    6. Then there is the group which says that you can even do any of these things unless God has chosen you first.

  3. What’s interesting about the list that Noogatiger provided is that it really seems to leave out anything mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels, and those were much more focused on actions than beliefs.

  4. Follow-up:

    Noogatiger, I wasn’t saying that you were leaving those out, because I know those were pulled from various Christian sources. I was more saying that the various Christian sources leave the Synoptics out.

  5. The lightest burden: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments

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