Thursday, January 23, 2014

Watch This.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Don't go swimming with and anvil

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1 Corinthians 15: 30-33 "Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame."

This phrase "What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”" 

I did some research, and have come up with one way to interpret this verse. First what I think Paul is saying is that if what Jesus told him is actually a lie, then there is no point in trying to live like a Christian but instead to live it up, have a good time, and do things in life that make you happy. Basically He is telling the Church in Corinth if Jesus is a lie, YOLO!

This is a completely off topic point. But there is lots of speculation that Paul was a Gladiator. Yes a Gladiator. The "beasts at Ephesus", from what I have read, are lions in a colosseum. So basically IF Paul actually did get thrown into this situation, and remember this is something that they actually did to Christians in this time period, the only way Paul is able to talk about it is that he beat the beasts. Cool thought. Back on topic!

Where was I? Oh yes, he is told the Church in if Jesus is a lie, YOLO! This is obviously not the case since his next words are "Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame." 

He tells us to "wake from our drunken stupor" and to "stop sinning". Seems pretty serious. But right before that what does he say? "Bad company ruins good morals". Do you think this is a randomly tossed in point? Or maybe Paul(The Gladiator) is pointing out that who we hang out with can play a role in our spiritual life?

I think this is the case. Now I don't want anyone to think I am saying not to hang out with people who aren't Christians. BECAUSE I AM NOT! I hang out with people from school, I  even encourage this they need to see Christians living Christian lives. What I would warn against is have someone who isn't a Christian as a best friend or this type of situation. You should hang out with people who want to see you do great things for God. People who will pray for you. People who will be there to understand what you are living for.

You want the people you spend your time with to be people to bring you higher, people who challenge you to press forward into battle as a Christian. "Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

There you have it, both sides to the story. Go swimming with an anvil and you'll sink eventually, Go swimming with a pool noodle and you'll stay afloat.

Nolan Out!