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what misguided teachings would one follow to make an absurd analogy such as this?
Rhonda 9/22/11
I never cease to be amazed anew on this board. Now I simply as someone if they follow a few specific OT commandments and I am guilty of misguided teachings (I taught nothing and only asked questions in the referenced post) and an absurd analogy (what analogy? I only asked if he followed the commandments listet). The amount of obvious distortion and bogus attacks on this board from several repeat posters is dismaying.
---Rocky on 9/22/11


what misguided teachings would one follow to make an absurd analogy such as this?
Rhonda 9/22/11
Whats absurd about asking someone who says all of the OT is still valid if they follow a few specific commandments? Its not even an analogy but a simple, direct question. Why not answer it?

Christ did not STONE the women who committed adultery he SIMPLY told her to sin no more?
--Rhonda
Exactly. Does it seem like Christ was not following all of the OT commandments?

Christ quoted OFTEN
--Rhonda
Yes, and I accept every part He quotes. But because He accepts some parts like the10C does not mean He accepted all, especially when He came to deliver a greater law, as HE said Himself.
---Rocky on 9/22/11


Do you follow all the OT Bible commandments then? Should we put to death everyone that works on Sabbath (Ex35:2)?
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what misguided teachings would one follow to make an absurd analogy such as this?

or do you suggest the Bereans did these things BECAUSE they studied the OT as INSTRUCTED?

your analogy is beyond foolish seeing Christ did not STONE the women who committed adultery he SIMPLY told her to sin no more?

amazing how the lying false ministers have dismissed the OT of which Christ quoted OFTEN and how many repeat their lies without ever studying
---Rhonda on 9/22/11


The OT is the gold standard by which all the preaching of the NT (and any other doctrine) is to be tested
---jerry6593 on 9/22/11
Do you follow all the OT Bible commandments then? Should we put to death everyone that works on Sabbath (Ex35:2)? Is it OK to sell one's daughter as a slave (Ex21:7)? Do we still confine women that are menstruating for 7 days or ensure we have no contact with them (Lev15:19)? Or for two weeks when a woman bares a female child (Lev12:5)? Do you still give burnt and sin offerings to your priest? How can we stone people for cursing God, as God commands, and not be sentenced to death ourselves (Lev24:14) Have you ever stoned anyone for it?
---Rocky on 9/22/11


Trav, "the children of promise are those who "receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Gal. 3:14). Paul concludes
"Those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as the seed" (Rom.9:8). "counted as the seed" means that, although some may be Gentiles, they are in.
1. God made promises to Abraham and his seed, Gal. 3:16.
2. Abraham's seed would continue "in Isaac" Rom. 9:7
3 Isaac was born when Abraham had faith in God's promise, Romans 4:10-21).
4. Isaac represents everyone who believes in Jesus and who receives the promise of the Holy Spirit by faith, ( Gal. 3:14, 4:22-28).
---Mark_V. on 9/22/11




Dissertations were at the "synagogue of the Jews" in both places.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12: Therefore many of them believed, also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

What were they searching? "... this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ"

The evidence sought was that only...

Finally jerry, what happened in Acts 18:6?
---Nana on 9/22/11


Trav 2:
5. All who have faith in Jesus Christ Jews or Gentiles are counted as the seed" (Gal. 3:14: Romans 9:8).
6. This seed is "the Israel of God" in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:16, 29: 6:14-16).
7. God will fulfill His promises to this Israel of God, (Galatians 3:29: 4:28: 6:14-16).
8. Thus God's promises to Israel have not been made of "no effect" even though some Jewish people don't believe in their own Messiah, (Romans 9:6-8).
There is no replacement theology here, no one is being replaced. Only those who are of the promise will be saved. One way into the Kingdom of God, through faith in Christ Jesus no matter who you are.
---Mark_V. on 9/22/11


The Bereans were called "noble" for using the OT to test NT Doctrine.
---jerry6593 on 9/22/11

Amen. Understand the doctrinal slide.
Preachers want control, and are taught error in seminary. Preachers would not want you to find the witnesses, it would put them out of work.
Preachers should be declaring the Gospel to the sick,....not the saved in the pews. They are gutless,pantywaist shepherds who won't go into the byways and highways. Because they themselves do not know verified truth.
John 10:12
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
---Trav on 9/22/11


The OT is the gold standard by which all the preaching of the NT (and any other doctrine) is to be tested - not the other way around (cf Isa 8:20). Christ and all the apostles quoted from the OT, and considered it "gospel". The Bereans were called "noble" for using the OT to test NT Doctrine.
---jerry6593 on 9/22/11


Though parts of the OT are not directly relevant to us we need to remember the OT is the foundation for what we as Christians believe. ---Warwick on 9/18/11

Preacher, P.C. to avoid addressing scripture you suppose/perceive are not revelant to us.
Remember the O.T. folks, mention it, don't discuss it.

You've decided what is and what is not revelant.
So scripture revelant to(them),won't hear it from you....and, you're supposed to be a preacher?

Yeah, OK.
Gal 4
4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
---Trav on 9/19/11




Yes, Christians use courts and the laws of the land too.
---Eloy on 9/19/11


All of those without faith in the Old Testament were lost. No matter from what tribe they came from. And no one can be saved, but through Christ. In the Old T. they believed in the Coming Christ, today on the Christ who has come. He is the only way into heaven. There is no other way for Israel to be save. If they don't stay in unbelief. If they believe then they are of the spiritual "Seed of Abraham," otherwise they are of the "seed" of the flesh and still lost.
---Mark_V. on 9/19/11


Matthew 15:24: I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Trav 9/16
Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
---Rocky on 9/16/11

Judah/Benj were sheep. But they were not lost. The Northern House was Lost. The "other" sheep he spoke of to these poser jews,who weren't Judah in John.
John 1:11
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Acts 13:24When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets,
---Trav on 9/18/11


Though parts of the OT are not directly relevant to us we need to remember the OT is the foundation for what we as Christians believe.

Most importantly is the gospel. Jesus came as a direct result of Adam's sin as recorded in Genesis chapter two:

"For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:22.

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--" Romans 5:12
---Warwick on 9/18/11


I concur with StrongAxe and would add: The laws of the OT are rules of behavior, of actions, like one would teach a child, mostly "thou shalt nots", which had evolved into a detailed code to command people in all things. Jesus brought a new message, that not doing bad acts was not enough, but emotions, like lust and anger, were wrong. A true change of heart was required. Further he taught in parables that required understanding. He added the thou shalts and he also simplified the basics into the two most important commandments, love God and love another, from which all others could be derived. Fundamental and sweeping changes from the law of the OT.
---Rocky on 9/17/11


Axey: "How do you explain this?" Lack of understanding!

In the New Testament, Jesus claims that the OT was all about Him The NT also states that Jesus was the Creator in Eden, that He was the "I AM" before Abraham, and thus the Author of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. It also says:

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The OT says:

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not,

Forgiveness and compassion?

Psa 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.
---jerry6593 on 9/18/11


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MATTHEW 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law,and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

( If a person is sueing for capitial gain this would be wrong - but if it was for medical expense and time down from work that a different story.)
---RICHARDC on 9/18/11


jerry6593:

No. Yet the focus of the old testament is usually about judgment and vengeance and punishment for sin - while the focus of the new testament is more frequently about forgiveness and compassion. How do you explain this?
---StrongAxe on 9/17/11


Matthew 15:24: I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Trav 9/16
Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
---Rocky on 9/16/11


..a few of us who already understand that Trav speaks only for Israel. And the reason most of his passages are from the Old Testament.
Some from the New T, if they speak of Israel.
His pretty well grounded in his own faith.
---Mark_V. on 9/16/11

Well, it's like this Mark. No one else is looking for or ever once speaking of these Lost Sheep here Mark. Strange,seeing that these sheep were the mission but, true.
Matt 15:But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

You're clearly on ur own mission mark, i clearly see mine.
By the way, the OT establishes that the NCovenant was too the Sheep....therefore, your mystery.
My mystery faith/relgion? YAHSHUA, the Christ.
---Trav on 9/16/11


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Jerry, I agree with what I understand you to imply by your questions, that God does not change and that the God of the OT is the same as the God of the NT. However the law he reveals to man has clearly changed, as explained in the NT. It is also evident in the OT as when Moses had to destroy the first tablets given of God and substitute a new set. The rules of the old were basic laws given to a people not capable of living by Gods higher laws as revealed by Jesus. See Matthew 5:20-48.
---Rocky on 9/16/11


Axey: "We as Christians live by the teachings of the New Testament."

Is the God of the Old Testament a different God than the God of the New Testament?

Is He a changeable God?
---jerry6593 on 9/16/11


Rocky, you are correct in your answers and so is Strongaxe. There is a few of us who already understand that Trav speaks only for Israel. I don't believe he believes that salvation through Jesus Christ is open to all people from every nation. He speaks for Israel and Israel only. And the reason most of his passages are from the Old Testament. Some from the New T, if they speak of Israel. I don't think you are going to get anywhere with him because of what he believes. His pretty well grounded in his own faith. I always wondered from what religion he comes from, to this day I still don't know.
---Mark_V. on 9/16/11


Trav, I NEVER said not to use any of the Prophets. I use them both, too. And related to Matthew 10:14, I do receive and listen to the Apostles, in fact reading more of the NT is exactly what I suggested you do. In short, all of your arguments in your last post as applied to me are flat wrong and bogus. And I am sorry you consider me a foe, I certainly do not consider you one. But shame on you for distorting things that way.
---Rocky on 9/15/11


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Trav: I suggest you spend more time reading the NT and less the old, live more by the new testament given by Jesus and less under the old law. ---Rocky on 9/14/11

Ha. Well wish i could say what a novel idea you have to not use any of the prophets. That established, what you do not understand. Think I'll utilize both, since that is what Christ done. And the Apostles. And GOD what provided them for.
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Hmmmm.
Matthew 10:36
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
---Trav on 9/15/11


Trav:

You said: Your doctrine is out of context.

You should also note the proper context. We as Christians live by the teachings of the New Testament. The Old Testament law (including vengeance, an eye for an eye, etc.) is completed. Rather than commanding vengeance and retribution, Jesus commanded us to forgive those who trespass against us, and to love our enemies (and that surely does not refer to other believers, because why would other believers be enemies?)
---StrongAxe on 9/14/11


Trav: I suggest you spend more time reading the NT and less the old, live more by the new testament given by Jesus and less under the old law. There are many passages in the NT about forgiveness and love, perhaps this one is most on point about OT and NT differences:
Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,
Of course, the rest of the Sermon on the Mount is great, too.
---Rocky on 9/14/11


And you still have not explained why you ignore the other commandments to forgive all.
---Rocky on 9/13/11

Your doctrine is out of context. You weren't reading the answer. Family we all forgive. They are family. GOD's enemies are GOD's enemies. Ur taking only verses that make you feel all pink.
Psalm 18:40
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
Psalm 139:21
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psalm 26:5
I have hated the congregation of evil doers, and will not sit with the wicked.
---Trav on 9/14/11


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Trave: Thank you for clarifying that you forgive based on what a person says, rather than repentance as you stated before. But what is the authority for doing it based on what a person says? And you still have not explained why you ignore the other commandments to forgive all. Forgiveness is about changing your own heart, not about ostensibly punishing another, so why should it depend on what they do? Not forgiving someone hurts you more than the person you think you are punishing. Of course, better still is to keep loving thoughts instead of ones that later require forgiveness to clear ones own heart.
---Rocky on 9/13/11


How do you judge if someone has truly repented?
Can you?
How do you? ---Rocky on 9/13/11

They say they are sorry, will you forgive me.
I've forgiven much to be forgiven much.
If they do it again....i rebuke them again. If they ask forgiveness....fine.
This time avoiding them if possible. As they won't have to ask it and I won't have to give it. It can be they are too close to avoid. One's very own. Seventy times seven.
Family is what we are speaking of here. Some are....some are not. Esau and Jacob were brothers with different destiny's.
---Trav on 9/13/11


Trav: There is a huge difference between judgments of God, who knows all things, and judgment by man, who does not. And I dont presume to know all the actions of God like you. Many times Jesus said to forgive others without placing any qualification about the sinners repentance. Are you going to ignore those commandmentss? How do you judge if someone has truly repented? God can judge a true change in someones heart, if they are truly sorry and committed to not repeating the sin. Can you? How do you? And the commandment in Revelations 3:19 that we should repent says nothing about whether or not we only forgive those that repent.
---Rocky on 9/13/11


Trav:
Would you accept the jurisdiction of a sharia court if a Muslim sued you for walking past his house eating an ice cream cone on Ramadan? I hope not!
---StrongAxe on 9/13/11

He did not make the point that I posted scripture on. Brother should not sue Brother.

You made both sides. Thanks. Really. Not kidding.

I do not recognize muzzie laws....unless I'm in their country. Which I hopefully won't be, until we own and rule them. Probably in the next life....if I'm allowed by GOD's Grace.

Ishmael's boys are fulfilling to the letter.
Genesis 16:12
And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
---Trav on 9/13/11


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Trav:

1 Corinthians 6:1-8 deals with Christians suing each other. This is because both parties are under the same authority (i.e. the Church and Christ), who has jurisdiction to ajudicate between them.

However, if one of the parties is NOT a Christian, he is not under the authority of the church, so the church does not have jurisdiction to sue, and he would likely not accept any attempt to assert such authority anyway.

Would you accept the jurisdiction of a sharia court if a Muslim sued you for walking past his house eating an ice cream cone on Ramadan? I hope not!
---StrongAxe on 9/13/11


I think Luke arises from a bad manuscript or faulty translation.
It just does not make sense.
Besides, how can you judge if they have truly repented?
---Rocky on 9/12/11

So if you cannot logic a thing it is a bad manuscript.
A faulty translation.
Ur a preacher right?
To me you don't logic with scripture.
GOD does not forgive Sodom. GOD does not forgive Esau.
GOD does not forgive Jezebel.

They did not repent.

Revelation 3:19
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
---Trav on 9/13/11


Trav: We should forgive one another regardless of whether or not they repent. Jesus many times commanded strongly about forgiveness. I know that in one case in Luke 14:3-4 the Bible says it is conditional on the sinner repenting. But Jesus did not say that other times. I think Luke arises from a bad manuscript or faulty translation. It just does not make sense. Forgiveness is about changing our own heart. It has nothing to do with punishing the sinner. And we should always love on another. So if we have aught against or brother, we need to forgive to get our own heart right. Besides, how can you judge if they have truly repented?
---Rocky on 9/12/11


Yes you can sue. But if need be sue.
---Rocky on 9/12/11

1 Cor 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one able to judge between his brethren?
6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8Nay, ye do wrong, defraud, and that your brethren.
---Trav on 9/12/11


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JESUS said "Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
the brother MUST repent!+++ YOU do not just forgive people that have NOT repented!
Disobeying Jesus in this way has caused the church body much harm! WHY? You tell me! Something to think about!
---Anthony on 1/6/09

I haven't read all your other post.
You nailed it on this one. Rebuke him..and if he repents.
If one truly repents they care enough to not want to repeat the mistake. Whether it is disobeying all the prophets or whatever.

Proverbs 27:5
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
---Trav on 9/12/11


Yes you can sue. If you can resolve problems amicably rather than sueing, that is best - with Christians and non-Christians. But if need be sue. We do not have the powerful church "courts" and sanctions they had in the times of Jesus and nor are our civil courts as corrupt as the Roman ones.
---Rocky on 9/12/11


Jason: Please note that by this question that I'm about to ask, I'm not supporting Sinners/Offenders. If the offender is a powerful person that can use the legal system to frustrate your charges? If we actually believe that God is a true Judge, we have to follow His leading on whether to sue or not. There has been only 1 time that God told me to contact the Police, many others He did not allow.
---Adetunji on 9/12/11


My daughter was molested by a church member. Using your logic I should not press charges. What if a man in the church murders another man in the church. Should they follow the "steps" or should a trial take place? Matthew 18 is dealing with sin against brothers. A sin is not necessarily a crime in the eyes of our country. The Bible also tells us to follow the laws of the land. In the case of my child if I did not report the crime I would be allowing this person to be free to prey on other children. I have forgiven the person who stole my child's innocense. However, that does not mean he will not have to face a judge for his crimes. Better to face a man judge and suffer time on earth than to fail to repent and lose ones soul.
---Jason on 9/9/11


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I would take the idea of suing (if first attempts were made outside the legal system) as fine, with a caveat. The money received should be the real value of the damages sufferred, some extra for emotional mess yes, but not the excess that we hear, AND I would consider that what the US calls 'punitive damages' is not acceptable for Christians
---peter3594 on 3/11/10


What should my husband and I do we want to do things the way God expects us too. We are raising our children in a Christian home and allowing the Grandparent to visit with them in our home only, because the gp has caused many probs in our lives prior to and now durig our marriage. The gp is married to a child molester and suffers from mental illness's and is suing us the parents for Grandparent visitation even though the gp is already recieving visits we are having to pay out hundreds and soon probably thousands to protect our children from the abuse that one of us suffered as a child. We don't want to fight this in court but we are left with no choice either allow our chilren to go to a harmful place with harmful people or to fight in court.
---Happy on 11/20/09


Sometimes you have to use common sense.The bible was written 2000 years ago and the world is much more complicated than at the time.If your health or family is suffering because of an injury or financial damage caused by a wrongdoer you have to protect yourself.When you win the money you could perhaps use part of it to help the poor or someone in need.You must take care of your own financial and health needs before worrying about ancient laws that we really can never be sure about.Go ahead and sue or you will be left broke and injured.The insurance companies are not practicing biblical principles they are in business to make Money and keep you from getting any of it.This is the way the world works and either understand that or you lose out.
---john on 10/17/09


What about suing a drug company that gave you a medication that was found out later to be life threatening and has had lasting effects on your health?
---Beverly on 1/29/09


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JESUS said "Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.+++WARNING NOTICE!+++ the brother MUST repent!+++ YOU do not just forgive people that have NOT repented! THAT is equal to sweeping their sins under the rug!+++YOU become an accessory to the SIN!+++ GOD does Not forgive us TILL we REPENT! How can WE then usurp God and FORGIVE sin when REPENTANCE has not occured! Disobeying Jesus in this way has caused the church body much harm! WHY? You tell me! Something to think about!
---Anthony on 1/6/09


PART THREE___
In a real christian only trial all witnesses should come forward and give honest testimony and not take sides.
"Justice is destroyed" if there is false testimony or if witnesses fail to testify!
Moses setup this type of process and then in the New Testament it is taught again to help keep believers from going to the world.
Real christians looking for truth should all help and participate.
You may have Multiple judges or a non bias jury!___ Judges must be well versed in scripture!____All decesions should be adhered to and agreed to be follow by all parties once a decesion is reached!!!!
SEE Part # FOUR
---Anthony on 1/6/09


PART # FOUR____ Who Should Face a Trial?ANYONE that declares to follow Jesus and the New Testament. Including pastors, elders, deacons and leaders! Any memeber can request a Christian trial. Other authentic and genuine believers must judge the matter accurately and discretly!
Non bias Elders should facilitate that honest men or women of "low estemm" are selected to judge but not interfer after appointments are chosen! Once you are a "equipped saint" with scriptural wisdom, then you are able to take the teachings to all the world and preach them and demonstrate them to all people! If you have not been taught this then you have a bad or neglectful teacher or one that does not understand the scriptures. GO Be a Christian!
---Anthony on 1/6/09


PART ONE !
When another christian wrongs you Jesus required you in matt 18 a 3 step process.
1. talk to the person, in private, 2 take another christain friend and resolve the matter, 3 if they refuse to repent and reconcile then YOU are required as a christian "to tell it to the church".
You do this to warn people of bogus believers, false believers, and make believers that refuse to follow what Jesus said.
You are not required to tell a pastor or elder.
Those that refuse to follow scriptures wisdom are then not Authentic believers and should be treated as a heathen and then sued for damages.
SEE PART TWO !
---Mardi_Gras on 1/6/09


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Part TWO___ In Corinthians when disputes happen among believers then the "church members" can hold their OWN trial and they are to use ordinary low esteemed believers that have no bias or partiality for either party to act as "judges over any matter". You must in a civil manner present your cause and cross examine any person and sepina your own witnesses.____ READ CORINTHIANS CLOSELY!____ PLEASE USE ONLY men or women of low esteem from among you. IF WE ARE GOING TO JUDGE ANGELS! Wow!
We need to know NOW how to do this!
But Even Pastors Never teach on this properly!___ See PART #3.
---Anthony on 1/6/09


I was looking up whether suing is wrong and I found this blog. I am studying the bible to be baptized and am also in the process of suing an insurance company. I got my lawyer about a year ago and they are near the last stages of settling my case. I already had back problems b4 the car accident and my reason for suing was that it potentially aggravated my back and I went to massage therapy for a year or so before I filed the case. If anyone reads this please look at both sides. Im not sure exactly what to do. I spoke to my grand mother about it and she said that it is not wrong because the car accident could have made my back worse and backs are easily affected. any advice?
---Jean_Miller on 9/23/08


Mic -- The Bible cautions about Christians suing other Christians.

Cr 6:5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?

1Cr 6:6 But instead, one brother goes to law against another and this in front of unbelievers!


There is nothing I can find addressing suits brought against unbelievers. The purpose of the legal system is to bring about justice.
---Donna66 on 8/5/08


How would your action of suing look in the Book of Life?

Would suing another person be an obstacle for that other person to become Christian? If you didn't sue and God knew you were innocent, is your faith strong enough for Him help you with your loss of income and medical bills?
---Steveng on 8/5/08


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Yes sure you can. we live here and must do such things as part and parcel of every day life. Just think if you did not sue how many wicked people could say "I m a christian" and hope to get away with their wickedness.
---Alan on 8/5/08


I was injured in a car accident that was the other person's fault. His insurance is refusing to pay my medical bills. I believe the Bible clearly tells us not to sue another Christian in I Cor 6:1-6. However, I'm a little confused about whether it clearly tells us not to sue a non-Christian. I would like to recover my medical bills but I do not want to disobey God. Any answers out there for a non-Christian company that is not fulfilling their obligation? I will never be 100% whole again and may be disabled completely in the next few years.
---Mic on 8/4/08


I note that the blog question is "Can Christians sue others", not "Can Christians sue other Christians".

There is no biblican prohibition against using the law against others (in fact, Paul insisted on his rights as a Roman citizen).
---StrongAxe on 1/21/08


We shouldn't forget the Holy Spirit impressing on us what to do. Lawsuits are not Spiritual. If some one steals from you and they have no care for you they are an enemy. I'll pray for them but i'll also get back what God gave me.

If Jesus as a Shepherd acted in a passive form then wolves would destroy the whole flock. Crushing the serpent's head is violent, but it's also a Spiritual matter and we can't use the Bible as law anymore. Trust the Holy Spirit inside us.
---Dustin on 1/21/08


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What does the bible say about "suing your brother"?
---linda on 8/10/07


Read Romans.
---Junia on 4/18/07


No, Christians are not to sue each other. If another Christian does us wrong, we are to accept the wrong and not go to court in front of unbelievers. 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 sets it all out.
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07


You can ... but that is entirely besides the point isn't it?
As christians we are to forgive others.. not just each other mind you.. but everyone. Jesus showed this example.. let's just say a lot. But the ultimate... Luke 23:32 "Father, forgive them, for they do know not what they are doing" while they crucified him. He forgave them all for torturing and killing him! Now... bring it back to perspective.. Can you be more like Jesus and forgive rather than .. get revenge?
---Craig on 4/6/07


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Sorry.. but I hear another verse calling.
Exodus 21:24 read all around there.. it's chock full of good stuff.
But wait! Let's hear what Jesus said about that in Matthew 5:38 and on.
Seems he thinks otherwise. So.. can we sue each other? Sure. Should we sue each other? No. Should we sue anyone? No!
The nature of our existence, our eternal lives depend on forgiveness! I think it's fair for Jesus to ask us to treat each other in the same manner.
---Craig on 4/6/07


No, because we should forgive money matters and let God judge between the 2 saints. Not the world.
---Ginger on 4/4/07


what does the Bible say?
thats what we are to go by
my KJV says not to take your fellow christian to court...especially when you KNOW they are christians...
---n/a on 11/25/06


While I won't sue another Christian, I will make use of the freedoms and privileges I have as a citizen. I will vote my conscience. I will write to congressmen and newspapers expressing an opinion. And I will sue any non-Christian or secular entity, if other means fail, to recover what is owed me. Paul insisted on his rights as a Roman citizen, when He was threatened.
---Donna2277 on 11/1/06


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What would Jesus do? What did he do when he stood before his accusers? He was quiet! He didn't retaliate. He didn't even defend himself. It takes real strength to do that. Only a real man can take abuse and slander like that, and not say anything. Just be strong in the Lord and remain silent. Do what Jesus did.
---Marietta on 11/1/06


Yes, when needed Christians use the legal system.
---Eloy on 11/1/06


An insurance claim doesn't compare to a lawsuit. The insured has paid premiums in advance to cover his lability.
I will not take a Christian to court. I lost thousands of dollars to a Christian "friend" in business. My brother, a non-Christian, lost more. He took her to court, recovered his money and had her business license revoked. I forgave her debt (he thought I was crazy)...The monetary loss was hard, but the loss of what I thought was a "friendship" broke my heart.
---Donna2277 on 10/31/06


Christians should not sue one another. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 "...Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?"
---Helen_5378 on 10/31/06


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I Cor. 6:1 Dare any of you having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust and not before the saints?...vs 5.I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethern?. But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before unbelievers.
7.Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law with one another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
---Donna2277 on 10/31/06


I think that sueing does not always mean you seek punishment. For example you can be an a car accident and both drivers be Christian but the insurance company not live by those principles so you end up sueing each other.

On the other hand if your neighbors tree limbs encroach on your property you should probably fix that without a law suit.
---grace3868 on 10/31/06


We met a couple who have purchased a property and are rehabbing it to build a ministry facility. They have opened a business and have another one ready to open to fund this ministry. They wanted me to run one of these businesses. We checked the local court records for any information on them. They had over a dozen lawsuits on record. Needless to say, we aren't going to be associated with them. You will know them by their fruits. Christians should not be involved in lawsuits.
---Susie on 10/31/06


It depends on the situation.
---Rebecca_D on 10/31/06


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I agree with emg and Ralph. What did you have in mind? Sue for what? Because my Christian friend rented a house from a Christian woman and my friend skipped out and didn't pay the last 2 months rent. Should her landlord sue her? Then my next door neighbor was drunk one night and threatened (I heard the whole thing) a young girl and said, "I'll take care of you" and then smashed a pumpkin up against her front door. Should the young girl press charges?
---Donna9759 on 10/31/06


It is not a good idea to take another Christian to court. The bible tells us how to handle disputes in the way that is pleasing to God. I'm sorry I cannot find the verses right now but will come back if I find them, but I'm sure someone else will know the verses to which I refer.
---emg on 10/31/06


Paul writes in First Corinthians about this issue. Christians are to settle things among themselves...not a judge or jury. That is the way it shoud be. However, sadly, there are times, lawsuits do need to be done. Do I like it, NO! But, yes, in certain cases, Christians do need to sue. Lawsuits are last resorts, only last resorts.
---Ralph on 10/31/06


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