However, my secondary point is the misinterpretation, IMO, of some significant Bible passages that have gone unnoticed or un commented upon by most pastors that I have heard preach on them, and most commentaries that I have read about them. Including some that I otherwise regard as sound
Two quick examples: The story of Cain and Abel, and the “render unto Caesar” thingee.
Cain asks God is he his brother's keeper. AND GOD NEVER SAYS THAT HE IS. People need brothers, not keepers. Keepers are for animals, criminals, and the mentally incompetent.
Now, second, I notice that most preachers who preach about Jesus telling the Pharisees to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's either use it as an example of Jesus out-smarting the Pharisees when they tried to set a trap for Him, or else use it to encourage us to pay our taxes with a smile. Oh, and they talk about how much good they do.
BUT JESUS NEVER DEFINED WHAT IS CAESAR'S. Also, He never condemned resisting the theft of your property by the government. Especially, it would seem to me, this would be acceptable to Jesus if we could figure a way to withhold monies that might otherwise go to such activities as Planned Parenthood, aid to Hamas, etc.
All He is saying, or so it seems to me, is that if Caesar has got you in a bind, there is no sin attached to paying up. What real choice do you have?
Anyway, that is my sideways slant on those passages, and I have a few others where I do not really accept the standard interpretations.
Great questions! I’m going to look at both closely and will get back to you. I think we are in agreement on this already...:) I’ll be back..