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# 08070 :  What is Lawful?

1 Corinthians 10:23 (thank you Rick and KristianJude for the verse correction)

KJV: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Darby: All things are lawful, but all are not profitable; all things are lawful, but all do not edify.

One more translation just to set the ball rolling in all directions:

NIV: "I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.

I have seen a lot of discussions on the forum. Whether it is a person should wear ornaments, have a tattoo to consuming liquor. This verse is considered apt in many contexts since the thought is if Paul is allowed this ‘freedom’ it is understood that, as believers – we also partake in the same freedom in Christ.

Let me state here, I have an understanding of the verse and the context. But as a discussion, it would great to know what today believers consider ‘lawful’. This discussion is to look at the practical applicability of the verse with the basis of additional scriptural wisdom and how we can grow in our understanding.

As always, some points before we discuss so that is edifying and a learning. They are listed below:

  1. You can participate in anonymity. Even if you don’t sign off also there is no problem. Nobody is a master here nor do you need submit your birth certificate. You can participate freely.
  2. If your participation means answers which pertains to read the scripture, that is like a teacher who tells a child who enters his/her class telling him/her to read the textbook, all the answers are there. This is not a class room, this is not a study, this is forum - everyone can express their understanding. If they do not have one, it is advisable to refrain from sharing anything at all.
  3. If anyone is not clear about what is written, let them ask for it to be clarified. Let us not judge, make stark statement or be abusive. Let us not get into mindless arguments on who knows what and who is the master of all the languages or the word of God in all the languages.

These are all applicable to everyone which includes me as well. So let the Lord lead the discussion and may we grow.



Post by : paizanjoe  View Profile    since : 27 May 2016

Reply by : paizanjoe   View Profile   Since : 27 May 2016 3:10:15 AM Close

KristianJude pointed out the error. The fact that people don't particpate does not mean that one gets dejected by the lack of response, this is not a forum for gaining popularity. There are enough number of dicussion where there are no responses. People can be busy, or they might be waiting to meditate and give their understanding at a later point of time. If there is no response, then also it is fine. Harm is only done when one posts because they have some personal agenda or have some wrong doctrine to post.

I apologise, but I had to delete the thread because I wanted to start the topic afresh with the correct verse. In any case, there was no ' study' or 'thoughts' shared that people would miss out on.



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Reply by : kristianjude   View Profile   Since : 27 May 2016 6:06:06 AM Close

It was not me, but 'rick' pointed out the error and I gave the appropriate number of the verse. Since a fresh thread has been opened with furnishing the right number o the verse, the above post is not necessary and so may be deleted. My post will also be deleted subsequently.

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Reply by : paizanjoe   View Profile   Since : 27 May 2016 8:41:55 AM Close

Thank you Kristianjude for your response. 

But there is a reason why that post was put. The person who higlighted the error could have also posted the verse. But haven't done so except for stressing that it has been '4 days' since any body responding and then highlighting the 1:23 verse.

If you have observed the previous discussions in the forum, you will realise - that, there is a need for the post to be there - so that we do not have unnecessary discussion on the topic.



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