July 29, 2015
Time to sound off in a general and non personal way.
I have a pet peeve that was tweaked again this morning.
Here’s the scenerio:
A church or conservative group takes a stand regarding moral standards. Or doctrinal standards or any other standard.
Trolls and haters click the comment button before the “post” button is cool from the original announcemnt. They accuse those with standards of being haters and bigots and a whole list of other rude and derogatory names.
Here’s the kicker (and my pet peeve). After they’ve accused those taking a stand they disagree with, they say, “Jesus said. . .” or “Jesus would. . .” Today, a comment on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recent statement saying that since the Boy Scouts of America have allowed gay men to be leaders and employees, it is contrary to the doctrine of the Church and the traditional values of the BSA and that The Church will reexamine it’s relationship (as a sponsor) as soon as the governing bodies of the Church reconvene in August.
The comment on the news article was “Jesus said we should try to walk in other people’s shoes.”
UHHHH, Where?
No He didn’t.
He said “Come follow me.”

He said, “Could you not watch WITH ME one hour,”

He said, “Be as this little child”He said “Humble yourself and come unto me with a full purpose of heart. ..”

He said that some people will be damned by their pride.
He said that those that regard public position and wealth above him are hypocrites and unless they change they’ll be cast down to hell.

He made a whip and drove the moneychangers out of the temple because doing business in a holy place is a desecration.
He said a lot of things. He never said anything about sympathizing with sinners by “walking in their shoes.”
If you go to the source and read what Jesus actually said to the woman was, Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone at her.”
And then to the woman he said, “Go and sin no more.”

We don’t know what she did. She might have gone right back to the brothel. Or she might have repented and turned from her sin.
Jesus taught humility, kindness, generosity, faith, discipleship, service, He told us to prepare, to make the most of our gifts and to align ourselves with other disciples of Christ. But the main theme of all his teaching was that we MUST repent to apply his atoning blood.
PLEASE! No more misquoting the Lord to suit your purposes! If you posted some of those things about an American citizen, they’d have a case of libel.
From now on, when I see the Lord misquoted or people making up “things that Jesus said” or “would say,” I’m going to  point it out with a concise “No he didn’t say that,” or “Where is that recorded?” or “I don’t think so.”
If I know the truth and have opportunity to correct false statements, I should. I will be kind and generous and loving, but false ideas are perpetrated when lies and false statements go unchallenged.
I can stand for the truth and for the standards Jesus has established without departing from His instruction for being kind. What greater service can anyone render than to rescue someone from ignorantly following a path that leads to pain and suffering and a separation from God?

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  • Reply Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Amen. Unfortunately, there are so many "new" translations of ancient scripture. Most of them have been done in recent years and have changed the meanings of scripture to fit what they want to hear and live and have deleted the things they don't.

  • Reply Beth Stephenson July 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    True that there are many "new" translations that are not very objective, but I think the problem of misquoting is more related to not knowing what He really taught and said and just assuming that Jesus agrees with them. They assume that if THEY think it, HE must have said it.

  • Reply Jeana August 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I also have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I hear people doing this. Another thing that I have a hard time with is people saying they had a 'prompting' to back up their questionable decisions. For instance I have heard someone say, "I felt prompted to put my child in all day Kindergarten. I need to follow that prompting and do what's best for her." I have also heard, "I felt prompted to work outside the home and have a good influence on my peers." (this person left their little children in daycare all day to do so) There are many more examples I could share. I feel like it is so disrespectful to try and validate your actions with this. I have a hard time knowing how to respond.

  • Reply Beth Stephenson August 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I know what you mean, Jeana. I used to have a neighbor that started everything with "Heavenly Father told me. . ." There's absolutely no way to disagree without calling out their inspiration. On the other hand, when I have prayed over a dilemma and received a powerful response, I have often wondered how to best express that answer without sounding pompous. But there are some things that I know are true through inspiration. The difference is that those answers are not for things I should or shouldn't do specifically, they are doctrinal questions of "Is this true?" I bet you would agree that there's a difference between bearing testimony of doctrine and validating decisions. I wish I was more certain of divine direction in my day to day decisions. I do my best. . .but I'm not always right.

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