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1 John 5:1-5, World Conquest

Key Verse

And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
— 1 John 5:4b

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Historically speaking, the Bible has always been considered a “dangerous” book. You can see this two ways: one side of it is because the Bible shares so many revolutionary ideas. I can dig that.

But the other side of it is that ancient scripture taken out of context can be twisted and misconstrued to fit our own agendas.

“Insider” language can be relayed to the “ignorant” public so that the receiving party completely rejects the message because it seems too out of synch with the way the world really works.

I see the concept of Christian “conquest” this way—followers of Jesus weren’t meant to dominate others and destroy all other religions. (Even though—news flash—that’s what happened and continues to happen.) Instead the conquest of the world was meant to be a gift for those who felt the oppression of power in the first place.

The Bible is much more a salve than a rod to spank naughty children.

This week, think how you convey the message of the Good News to others.

 

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