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Paul was frequently beaten for


Paul was frequently beaten for violating cultural norms of his day, such as ending the sacrificial system and not enforcing a host of Jewish cultural customs, including circumcision, dietary restrictions and festivals. Indeed had Paul not so viciously undermined so many deeply valued cultural norms, he would have lived to a ripe old age instead of being beheaded by his angry critics

Mark Driscoll

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common sense tells us that


common sense tells us that when Paul commands Timothy to “endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ,” that is a command that I should seek to obey whenever I face hardship like Timothy. It transfers to me in principle. But when Paul commands Timothy, “Come before winter, bring my cloak, and especially the parchments,” we know that is a local, particular command, meant for Timothy only. The idea that all the imperative statements in the Bible should be taken literally, as if they all apply to me, is a nonsensical way of handling Scripture.

Christopher Wright

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