reply to post by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Nothing is taken out of context. I guess you didn't read through the whole passage and failed to see these little tidbits?
confusing to me. I never said anything was taken out of context, and my best guess is that I read it four times.
Can you really say today's governments only punish those who do wrong?
I can say that government punishes those they think
wrong. It's simple, do something the rulers don't like and you get punished.
4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.
They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Can you say this is true about today's governments? Do they serve god's will or their own? Do they do stuff for the greater good or for their own
It says that the ruler is God's servant, not that the ruler always obeys God's will. I really don't know where the idea that
everything that the ruler does is what God wants to happen comes from.
Don't lie to yourself.
OK. That's always good advice. I'll take it.
If the bible says not to put faith in princes, then taking this passage into consideration, that means not to put faith into what god has
established. Why would god not want you to put faith into his plan?
Let me take a shot at it.
God set up a system in which rulers had authority. In the same way, the president of France has authority. Paul is saying, it seems to me, that
these guys have the authority, they're supposed to use it for the good of the people. So, people, don't overthrow them, break the laws, assassinate
them or any of that kind of stuff. Be peaceable citizens, perform as you should under the system. Pay your taxes, follow the laws, be a respectful
member of that ruler's community. If for no other reason, he'll sic the IRS on troublemakers, but also because law breaking, and rebellion are not
a normal part of God's plan.
Let the rulers have this world, you can't trust them to help you at all in God's Kingdom. This world is ruled by "The Prince of This World."
God's Kingdom is not of this world. So, make sure you're making progress in God's Kingdom, but in the meantime, don't revolt or disobey the laws
of this kingdom.
I may not have answered your question, but you know me, give me half an excuse and I'll keep trying.