Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Jeremiah 29:11

"I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for." (TEV)

Most people I have ever heard quote this verse quote it as some sort of personal life verse. So they take a verse written too a nation about to be sent to exile, edited by those exiles who returned, and translated multiple times as verse written too them. Are we arrogant enough to think that an individual matters as much as a whole nation? Are we stupid or just naive to not see that this verse has a context? What kind of exegetical BS has the evangelical world fostered? "If it says it its true and it applies to me." God had plans for Israel it just took twice as long for Israel to be completely restored as a people in Jerusalem. It took a couple hundred more years until independence was attained. And we appropriate this verse as our own. Well cling to verse 12 as well. I don't like life verses in general. Verses from Paul or the OT scare me more. They all have specific contexts. They may not, and probably don't, apply to us.

Life Verses Suck

btw: my life verse is John 11:35
"Jesus wept"

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