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The Danger of Taking Disjointed Verses Out of Context

The Danger of Taking Disjointed Verses Out of Context


Let me use this outrageous example:


1.       Jesus called Peter Satan (Matthew 16:23)

2.       Satan is the old serpent (Revelation 20:2)

3.       Serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:1-)

4.       Therefore, it was Peter who tempted Eve


The problem here is that only one verse refers to Peter, and I have taken it out of context.

 

Now let’s see this other example:


Joshua 24:19 - But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.”


Joshua was calling the Israelites to choose to serve God in truth or serve other gods. When the people said they would not leave their God, Joshua warned them that they could not serve God in their current (sinful) state because He is a holy God.


John 4:24 - God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.


Jesus was explaining to the Samaritan woman at the well the right way to worship God.

In both contexts, the subject was worshiping God. And indeed, the word “God” appears in both places.


So is it wrong to say this?


If God = Spirit

Therefore holy God = holy Spirit


If it's correct, is holy Spirit a different being from God the Father?

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