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Some Tricky Bible Verses

This is a poll especially for people with a faith like Jack Chick’s; people who are sure that the Bible is always right, and is its own best interpreter; people who believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a blight on Christianity. Does the Bible actually mean what it says in the following passages? (If you haven't got your bible right here by the computer, use the Bible Gateway. It does have a KJV search option.)
Matthew 16:5-12 "5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." Can you always take God's word literally?
Yes, except for this bit
Mark 14:22 "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body." Is the Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation supported by Scripture?
No, Jesus was being figurative here
John 20:23 "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." Jesus is speaking to his disciples. Does this support the Catholic practice of Confession?
No, Jesus meant something else
Matthew 2:23 "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene." Where is this prophecy found?
Judges 13:5 - "Nazarene" really means "Nazarite"
Jeremiah 23:5 - "Nazarene" really means "branch"
Nowhere in the Old Testament
Job 9:6 "Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble." Compare this to Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth..." What does the Bible say about the shape of the earth? (And if you choose the second option, how did the original hearers tell the difference?)
It is a flat circle, standing on pillars
The Isaiah passage is literal, but the Job passage is metaphorical
Both passages are metaphorical
Genesis 3:22-23 "22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." According to this passage, were Adam and Eve immortal before they sinned?
Yes, death entered the world with sin and these verses don't mean what they say
No, but they would become immortal if God let them eat from the tree of life
Exodus 21:22 "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine." Compare this to Exodus 21:12 "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death." According to the Bible, is abortion murder?
Yes, these verses are inconsistent
No, abortion isn't as serious
James 2:10 "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." Compare this to I John 5:16-17 "16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death." Are some sins more serious than others?
Yes - John was right, James was wrong
No - James was right, John was wrong
When referring to the Bible, "in context" means
reading the whole book, and taking the author's situation into account
making it say what you, as a Christian, have already decided to believe
This poll was created on 2002-12-16 06:10:07 by NakedCelt