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. The Bible in the pits of Social Networks

 

Something that has been concerning me for a long time is the posting of Bible verses with some kind of interpretation on the various social network platforms. Of concern for myself is Facebook and WhatsApp as these are platforms that I am familiar with.

 

Paul writes: 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV) 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” He reminds Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”


Sadly, what I have seen on the social networks is definitely not a right handling of the word of truth, it is actually to be ashamed of. It is a manipulation and editing of truth to convey an intended message by the original sender rather than the intended message of the original author.

And then one is encouraged to send this to all your friends and so the lie is perpetuated and taught to many immature believers who follow the lie hook line and sinker.The problem is not the posting of verses as they stand without interpretation. Scripture alone is quite safe, even when the intention of the posting is in error, as far as the intent of the poster is concerned. For example: Jeremiah 29:11.

 

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The normal intention of posting this is so far removed from the meaning of the text in context. We cannot fault the text, but the intention is questionable. See my study on this text, by clicking on the image below.

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Just think if the Bible got taken away from us, and all we have left is the social network verses and teachings, what a state Christianity will be in. It will be nothing more than a feel good and give me what is good Christianity with no substance or an accurate understanding of the Word of God. The sword of the Spirit will be blunt and without affect. It will lose the essence of Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”


Without posting examples and asking you to type amen or not, let me spell out the error in a language we can understand. Where do many of these postings go wrong?

  1. Even when it is promoted as daily bread it is nothing more than a few crumbs and does not fill or edify.
  2. It becomes sermonettes for Christianettes. It will never mature believers.
  3. Its perfect squares and images are friend to the proverb, the promise, and the partial quote, while leaving laws, lists, and long-stretching lessons in context to languish off-screen.
  4. It comforts but rarely convicts.
  5. It stirs the emotions, but rarely exhorts.
  6. It warms but rarely warns.
  7. It promises but rarely prompts.
  8. It moves but does not mortify.
  9. It builds self-assurance but balks at self-examination.
  10. It inspires without stirring the intellect.
  11. It leads to devotion but is weak in doctrine.
  12. Too often, the artwork and poetry carry more authority than that which God has breathed.
  13. While the prosperity gospel offers us all the things, the Social Network gospel offers us all the feels.
  14. It might preach good news in part, but we need the whole.
  15. It may move us in the moment, but it cannot sustain us through the storm.

 

2 Corinthians 2:17 (ESV) 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”


Maybe those who post these verses and give it meaning out of context are not peddlers of God’s word, as they have no financial gain out of this, but they are maybe more dangerous, as they fall in the trap of Satan to Eve when he spoke to Eve in Genesis 3:1-4: “1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘ ………………………………  4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”


And so, motivational posting after motivational posting with all the Amen’s to follow and the sharing with our friends, too often carries one message, “Did God actually say? …… Well, let me tell you what He meant …. and remember to pass it on.”

 

PS. In what I have posted above, I am not saying that there are no good, accurate, beneficial, solid truth posts being shared with appropriate graphics, that drives home the true intention of God. Such postings do exist, but normally on solid theological pages or church groups on social network.