‎”And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2).

Here’s one of my pet peeves. One of the most dangerous influences in the Christian life are those who strongly adhere to their personal biases, using and twisting Holy Scripture to endorse and legitimize their narrow understanding. I know, I once was one.

There are indeed clear, plain, and absolute truths we must proclaim. But often, history, context, culture, and Epistle intent are completely ignored in Holy writ.

Sadly, these teachers become mean-spirited toward anyone who has a different understanding. Arrogant, prideful, and lofty they are. Isolated. Alone. Assembling with and rubbing shoulders with only those who agree with them. Responding to differences with sarcasm, verbal attacks, criticism, belittlement, and a holier-than-thou attitude.

Always be teachable. Study. Dig deeper. We might discover new insights. We will be more relevant, influential, and effective in this world. And people might even want to listen to what you share.

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