Fri, Nov 2nd - 1:20AM
Don't get wrapped up in the Grammar -- You'll miss the story...
Well, earlier this evening, when I wanted to come here to post something different (which will wait) my 9yo daughter had a project that had to be typed. I set up Word for her, and made sure to save her work. She typed it in, with me prodding and pushing to keep the project moving. (She would annoy me by changing font colors, when I just wanted it done... Yikes!)
"Would you rather have a dog or a cat" was the subject matter. She likes dogs. But her last phrase is: "But dogs can be stupid!!!"
I don't think I showed her that triple Exclamation Point. She is so very like me it scares me.
I digress. The point is not her story, but that we used the spelling and grammar checking functions of Word. This one sentence jumped out:
"One reason is, dogs are cute."
Word thought that was alarming. My daughter was respectful, but curious. I explained it to her thusly: (this is not verbatim, despite the quotes)
"Technically, that is bad form. However, you will learn that beyond the formal rules, commas can be used as 'breath marks' and using them properly that way, and ignoring silly grammar rules, can sometimes enhance the meaning and actually be better than observing petty grammar styles that are somewhat stuffy and stilted."
I read it to her with the breath mark in and the with it out and asked her which seemed more like it said what she wanted to say. She was brave and kept the offensive comma in, thumbing her nose at stuffy rules.
So I came here. But I looked around first, and lets just say another stuffy thing was popping up. I am not wanting to argue this, but because it will become burdensome to some if I do not, I am compelled to say "NO"!
The root is all about Sabbath and observing it. Let me put it shortly:
The day means NOTHING. The reason means EVERYTHING.
Their scripture that is NOT supporting their point:
Galatians 4:8-11 (NLT) -- they used 9-11
8 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. 9 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? 10 You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. 11 I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.
This is talking about the obsevance of special days in Pagan Calandars, not days in general per se. Look at the context, and see if you can understand what Paul addresses here. It is because they are following the forms of worshiping the "Old Gods" that this is wrong. It has nothing to do with the date itself, but rather the meaning of that date to them.
In contrast to be clearly understood:Romans 14:5-6 (NIV)
5One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Again read the context and see what is meant.
If you observe the Sabbath as a day to meet together, and don't deny others the right to pick a different day, you are correct. If you pick the Sabbath as in following Old Testament rules and judge others who do not, you are wrong.
Let me ask you this: You live in Jordan, and Friday is the Muslim "Holy Day" that no one works on.
You meet together with other Christians on Friday, because that is the day you can all do so. This you do in service to each other for the Lord.
You meet together on Fridays because it is what "The Prophet" says Allah demands you do. You do this and condemn others meeting on different times.
Which is right and which is wrong and why?
Which seems to follow the "Two Greatest Commandments" according to Christ?