Selected Sunday Scripture- #6

You will notice a common theme in this short post. The first passage today comes from the Letter of James:

12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; 14 but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.

This matches up with another passage from the Book of Sirach:

11 Do not say, “Because of the Lord I left the right way”;
for he[b] will not do what he hates.
12 Do not say, “It was he who led me astray”;
for he had no need of a sinful man.
13 The Lord hates all abominations,
and they are not loved by those who fear him.
14 It was he who created man in the beginning,
and he left him in the power of his own inclination.
15 If you will, you can keep the commandments,
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
16 He has placed before you fire and water:
stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.
17 Before a man[c] are life and death,
and whichever he chooses will be given to him.
18 For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power and sees everything;
19 his eyes are on those who fear him,
and he knows every deed of man.
20 He has not commanded any one to be ungodly,
and he has not given any one permission to sin.

God is never to blame for our sins, fault for them lies upon us alone. God has given us agency or free will, depending on how you define it. Choice is granted to us. We can choose how to apply our God-given talents, and we will be judged on that choice.

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3 responses to “Selected Sunday Scripture- #6

  1. Good fodder for those who blame God for their circumstance in life.

    I’d say if it wasn’t for God…I’d be in a lot worse shape than I am now.

  2. mdavid444444

    Regarding your James quote: Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him., my wife once attended an all-female bible study that covered this passage and the book they used (some modernist feminist BS) had claimed the “crown of life” quoted above did *not* refer to eternal life, but rather to some earthly reward. I think it was trying to make the “saved by faith alone” argument where a girl’s actions didn’t matter to her salvation…sort of a sophisticated version of hey, let’s slut it up ladies, Jesus loves us just the same!

    Anyway, the only other place in the bible the phrase “crown of life” is used is in Revelation 2:10, which says: Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.. My wife brought this up, saying how can this phrase not refer to salvation,,,if we have to be faithful until death to receive it? And there was silence for a long time, then all the chicks suddenly collectively agreed the author was full of crap and the “faith alone” concept was silly…one woman had even lamented: I know my husband is saved, but he’s just not walking the walk! Amazing.

  3. The first problem was having an all-female Bible Study to begin with….

    As for the rest, good for your wife.

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