Contextual Question - monday 2003-11-03 0047 last modified 2003-11-03 0047
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A speaker was talking about the following, it triggered a major alarm in my head when I heard it.

This speaker claimed Proverbs 24:6 was no longer true (actually, just the latter half): "For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety." (KJV) I guess a lot of people consider it to mean that having a lot of opinions and people involved in your life decisions is a good thing. It looks to me like it just means what it says, that to win a war you need a set of counsellors as opposed to just one. Maybe it applies more generally, but not every decision in life is a war to be won.

Correcting a possible misinterpretation; seems fine. The alarm was really triggered when he gave 1 John 2:20 as a New Testmanent alternative to an outdated Old Testament concept: "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." (KJV) His point: instead of a multitude of counsellors, you actually know everything, and so you don't need them. That seems like a big deal. If Christianity truly purports to give its adherents all knowledge, I think I would have heard it by now. Instead, I think the KJV makes for a poor translation of this verse, and it seems like such an interpretation is far out of line considering the context. 1 John 2:18-26 is about how anti-Christ exists but shouldn't have to have any influence on Christian doctrine because, as all other translations seem to put it, they know the Truth.

Information assembled too late (isn't that a life story); but what do you do when you think the speaker is wrong? This speaker spoke a lot of good things; heck, they were probably even Biblically true, but he took some...odd passages out of the Bible to support his points.

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