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Explain Matthew 5:16

Does Matthew 5:16 conflict with Matthew 6:1-4? Why or why not?

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There are other scriptures besides the one written in Revelation that say 'one should not add or take away from the words of God.'

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 4:2

"Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:6

1 Corinthians 4:6 In today's language it means: 'not to think beyond what is written.'

Every word of God is pure, he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Proverbs 30:5-6

The entirety of Your word is truth. Psalms 119: 160
---Steveng on 2/3/18


So if Jesus said not to remove a word from the Bible why are you NOT obeying Him?///

I believe that was referring to the book of Revelation. Revelation is quite different in that it was specifically recorded and spoken by Jesus word for word given to John to write down, as completely prophetic of things to come.

And I don't recall Jesus specifying specifically all the scrolls of OT scripture when on earth that he validated, although He often quoted PROPHETIC scripture concerning who He was, never once quotes form these 7 books. Also I don't know that when Paul wrote his LETTERS to the Churches that even he knew they would become something bound with other letters of others called the New Testament.
---kathr4453 on 1/25/18


Just saw this. Yes, and to think of all those DARK YEARS the RCC removed any and all bibles from the people in general...to me that is the worst sin EVER. And then murdering people who translated the Bible into different languages so the people could have a Bible. Yet Nicole wants to go on and on and on about 7 books that even Israel did not accept as written by the Prophets. And I believe of all people Israel KNEW who were and were not prophets. Just like we have authenticated the Apostles and those who God called to proclaim the truth completing scripture.
---kathr4453 on 1/25/18


I love Jesus enough to Obey Him NOT to remove any Books from His Bible.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/23/18

I think I need to jump in here and add my two cents worth.

First, the Bible is not His Bible. It is our Bible. Jesus, His Father, and HS cannot be contained in books. The books are to show us Jesus (who shows us His Father), and we are to rely on Jesus, not on the book. Our trust is in Jesus, not the Bible.

Second, Jesus said to follow His commandments when He was on Earth, yet His commandments were not yet written down. Jesus meant the commandments He spoke to His followers.

Third, Jesus is the Word of God, The Bible is not the word of God.
---Mark_Eaton on 1/24/18


Kathr: according to your logic it is okay to LET King James remove the Books from the OT?

Sooooo, King James is greater than Jesus to you?

//....NOW DO YOU GET IT.//

NO, because if you LOVE THE BIBLE as you CLAIM WHY DO YOU ACCEPT someone REMOVING the thing you claim is SO IMPORTANT to you?

//If I don't NEED the extra books to COMPLETE MY SALVATION, and Christ is ALL I need...//

Oooh, now we are getting somewhere.

So if Christ tells you NOT to add or remove a word from the Bible why are you NOT obeying Him?

//..maybe YOU value NON spiritual books more than Jesus Christ---kathr4453 on 1/19/18

I love Jesus enough to Obey Him NOT to remove any Books from His Bible.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/23/18




Does Matthew 5:16 conflict with Matthew 6:1-4? No. Why or why not?
Mat 5:16 reveals to us that The Light in us is the Fathers inspiration and influence manifest through us, the works are His, the glory belongs to Him.
Mat 6:1-4 cautions us that when we receive of that inspiration and influence, we are make no provision for the flesh by taking forethought concerning any external recognition that may, or may not result from His work in us.
---josef on 1/11/18


Does Matthew 5:16 conflict with Matthew 6:1-4? Why or why not?
---Steveng on 1/7/18

You have been given many good answers.

I think its easy to see the conflict, if you miss these four small words...

Matt. 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven"

Jesus was such a great teacher. When I pay attention to those four words, my next question to Jesus is, "What is the way that I am to shine my light before men?"

The rest of the verse is the answer to my question.
---Mark_Eaton on 1/9/18


Great question!

It would seem as if Matthew 5:16 is speaking about allowing God to display your deeds instead of you telling everyone of what you have done as in chapter 6.

You can work in a soup kitchen Matthew 5.

Don't tell everyone you are driving to the soup kitchen Matthew 6.

Work in a health clinic for free, but no one knows you are working for free except God and a few people who run the clinic.

Donate blood, but the one receiving the blood doesn't know it came from you.

Hand a stranger $10 saying Jesus loves him or her, but don't tell him or her your name.
---Nicole_Lacey on 1/8/18


The good works in (Matthew 5) is in reference to those God has blessed through you, because you did as you were commanded by his Holy Spirit. Those commands usually come in the form or rendering aid to a specific individual.

Instead of you taking a bow for the aid, Let that person know that it was God who commanded you, and you were simply following his commandment. That way God gets the Glory and you grow more in his Grace. (John 14:21).
---David on 1/8/18


Steven, the first verse is about being--as in being a good Christian, where you should let God's love shine out from you.

Matthew 6 is talking about giving alms--or just generally giving someone a helping hand--the idea is to keep it low profile, and not blow your horn about it.
---Monk_Brendan on 1/8/18




No they aren't in conflict. We are to glorify God, and his son and what he did, but unlike the Pharisees don't do it to attract attention to yourself, but for Gods purpose only.
---Ariella on 1/8/18


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