Thursday, August 31, 2017

Consideration of Matthew 5:27-28

This is a summary of consideration of Matthew 5:27-28 NIV.  It was put together following some Facebook exchanges.

To the non-Christian reader: a "fuller reading" of the Bible is normative.  The church throughout time has come to many problems in taking too narrow a focus from attention to a single verse or verses.  All Christians are encouraged to read text in context with the Chapter of the book, in context to the themes of the book, and in context with the overall themes of the testament or Bible.

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Style of reading
Literal reading
Married man; traditional marriage
Looking lustfully on woman not his wife, a man has committed sin.
Fuller reading in context of whole of Sermon on Mount
Love is first and foremost in Christ.  Christ is the model of love.
All love relationships are to requisitely be sound to the notion of Biblical acceptable relationships.
In the Sermon on Mount we see Jesus heralding in his kingdom.  It is a statement of the nature of the kingdom.  An orator does not use first glance oxymorons like “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5 NIV without good reason!  Jesus fulfils the Old Testament and makes it clear that he is lifting the standard.  The standard is lifted in writing commands upon people’s circumcised hearts.  While the standard is lifted, grace is lifted all the more (see Romans & Galatians).  It is in this that I see Romans 8:1 as one of the most wonderful verses in the whole Bible.  It is a verse I preach to myself daily.
[I use the expression first glance oxymoron as way of stressing that I know it not to be an oxymoron – only that it appears odd in the first blush.  In that sense the beatitudes are like mini-parables – that they are immediately counter-intuitive, but rich in the fullness of understanding].

I reference a German Lutheran theologian; Dietrich Bonhoeffer - most relevantly his book: The Cost of Discipleship

"And the Scriptures are very clear that the only appropriate venue
 for a truly loving and just expression of human sexual desire
 is within a monogamous male and female relationship."


Note: This blog post links homosexuality and idolatry.  This follows the point above that all love relationships need be Biblical acceptable relationship.

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