The Bible is not a book of rules. It is the book of life. It does have rules but it also has principles. The key in living a productive and righteous life is knowing which is which and applying them consistently.
I was thinking about Proverbs telling us that the wise man keeps his mouth shut and comparing it to Peter defying the Jewish council. I was surprised to find that the NASB uses the word “mouth” 339 times, 46 in Proverbs. It is expressed many ways by Solomon but I think the most amusing is,
(Pro 17:28 KJV) Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.I digress.
This is why I believe the Bible and find it believable. The two are not the same. The Bible does not teach legalism. It is a book that requires thought and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. It applies the “legal” with a God molded mind.
Wisdom is bi-polar. It speaks out and shuts up. It depends. How I hate that phrase. How freeing it is. It reminds me that I am created in the Image of God instead of being a knee-jerk robot. The Imago Dei is both a burden and a blessing. Apply it with care.
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