Love and Money
Have you ever heard someone suggest, "Hey, doesn't the Bible say that money is the root of all evil?" No, that's not quite right. It says the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Wealth itself is not a bad thing, depending on your attitude toward wealth. Loving money and always lusting after something more, leaves one made less. Where do you find real meaning in life... if it is money and things, you will never feel you have enough. Worship your body and beauty, and you will always feel ugly. Worship power and you will be left feeling weak and afraid. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, and you will fear being found out. Learn to direct your awareness to worshiping Christ and you will take hold of a life that is truly life.
A favorite quote about the Bible comes from Mark Twain. Twain said, "It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it's the parts that I do understand!"
Truly, we can give thanks that essential aspects of God's Word are accessible to any who truly want to understand the Bible. The simple gospel can be understood by the youngest of children. However, we all know that other aspects of the Bible can be much more complex and confusing. As a result, throughout the history of the church many biblical passages have been misunderstood and misused. In light of this danger Saint Paul admonished his son in the faith, Timothy, writing, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15
This summer we, ourselves, will be taking to heart this exhortation as we consider some of the most misused passages of the Bible. Not only do we hope to understand these passages correctly, but we also want to develop greater skills in handling the whole Bible.