With what could I compare the accursed aberrations of heretics who twist and mis-apply one particular or more wrongly-"proof-texted" and errantly-misused Scripture verses -- completely disregarding other appropriate and pertinent Scripture verses -- to purport exactly the opposite of what the Lord through his human Biblical authors actually intended?
For example, those who state that the verse:
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
means to them and their feminist-sexist prejudice that women may and even should be Sunday-morning church-service lectorettes and preacheresses - self-allowed by whatever doctrines-of-demons excuses they concoct - miserably failing to take into account the verses:
First Corinthians 14:34 As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
First Corinthians 14:35 If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
First Timothy 2:12 I allow NO woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent [ whyever, wherever, whenever to the contrary: it does not matter and is irrelevant! ]
One analogy to compare the shenanigans of devils who apply Galatians 3:28 to contradict First Corinthians 14:34-35 (and First Timothy 2:12 in anti-feminist context) is that they, in their despicable bias, when driving and are temporarily alone on the roads, see a ONE WAY sign ahead of them at an intersection and turn in the one-way direction indicated...but prematurely into the wrong lane! They eventually and perhaps soon -- in horrified terror -- discover their mistake when they see an armada of cars coming at them head-on....and quickly get out of the way and move back where they should be!
I suppose that that is a better analogy than persons driving on a road, and seeing both a red and a green stoplight on at the same time of the intersection control light ahead of them.....with all the variable-rates-of-slow-down-causing confusion and drivers-behind-them-irritation that would cause!
Some might wonder how young a lady should be to become engaged or even have heterosexual copulation in a state of matrimony. When is one no longer a "minor" and becomes a "major?" Where is the cutoff age where a woman is "past the bloom of youth?"
First Corinthians 7:36 (KJ21) But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age and need so require, let him do what he will--he sinneth not; let them marry.
37 Nevertheless, he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
In more modern and up-to-date language:
"But if any adult human male thinks that he himself is behaving improperly toward his betrothed virgin, if she has passed the bloom of youth and there is a passionate need, let him do what he wants: let them marry; it is no sin if they do.
Nevertheless, he who stands firm in his attitude, having no necessity, but having power over his own will, and has internally decided that he will keep her as his virgin, does well.
So, what age can she be for him to either take her to have sex with her? Twelve?
Luke 2:42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the Feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and His mother knew not of it.
So much for age 12. We need another reference.
Ezekiel 16:4 (RSV) And as for your birth, on the day you were born your navel string was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor swathed with bands.
5 No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you; but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.
6 "And when I passed by you, and saw you weltering in your blood, I said to you in your blood, 'Live,
7 and grow up like a plant of the field.' And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full maidenhood; your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.
8 "When I passed by you again and looked upon you, behold, you were at the age for love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yea, I plighted my troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord GOD, and you became mine.
9 Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you, and anointed you with oil.
10 I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with leather, I swathed you in fine linen and covered you with silk.
11 And I decked you with ornaments, and put bracelets on your arms, and a chain on your neck.
12 And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head.
Analyzing the passage above, we note that more and more rings are being pierced into various body parts of some teen women, along with all sorts of fashion earrings in their earlobes, while some wear necklace chains around their necks.
[ Fingernail polish, eye shadow, rouge, piercings, tattoos are disfavorably described within Scripture:
Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
21:17 "Say to Aaron, None of your descendants throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.
21:18 For no one who has a blemish [tattoo] shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long,
21:23 but he shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries; for I am the LORD who sanctify them."
Deuteronomy 21:12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and pare her nails.
Second Kings 9:30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her eyes, and adorned her head, and looked out of the window.
Ezekiel 23:40 They even sent for men to come from far, to whom a messenger was sent, and wow, they came. For them you bathed yourself, painted your eyes, and decked yourself with ornaments;
Daniel 1:4 youths without blemish [tattoo], handsome and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to serve in the king's palace, and to teach them the letters and language of the Chaldeans.
Ephesians 5:27 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot [tattoo] or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
Philippians 2:15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish [tattoo] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
First Peter 3:3 Let not yours be the outward adorning with plaiting of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing,
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If any one worship the beast and his image, and receives his mark [tattoo] on his forehead or on his hand,
14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
20:4 And I saw thrones and those who sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast, nor his image, nor had received his mark [tattoo] upon their foreheads or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. ]
The "anointing with oil" in Ezekiel chapter 16 might infer erotic massage with the betrothed gal owned by whoever, who was "at the age for love" as indicated by: (1) becoming tall, (2) arriving at full maidenhood, (3) breasts formed, and (4) hair [wherever] being grown.
The marriage-equivalent (with or without wedding) relationship above is inferred by the terms of the young woman: who "was mine" by "covenant" and indicated being owned by having the male owner having "spread his skirt" over her (as a symbol of providing for her).
First Timothy 3:5 for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God's church?
5:8 If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family [which involves wife-and-child-support], he has disowned the faith and is worse than an disbeliever.
The text above can apply to a teen as young as age 14, and would not at all be contrary to what the King James Version of First Timothy 5:14 mandates:
First Timothy 5:14 (KJ21) It is my will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give no occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15 For some have already turned aside after Satan.
More age-related guidance as to when one becomes an "adult" is:
Leviticus 27:1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Say to the people of Israel, When a man makes a special vow of persons to the LORD at your valuation,
3 then your valuation of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.
4 If the person is a female, your valuation shall be thirty shekels.
5 If the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, your valuation shall be for a male twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
6 If the person is from a month old up to five years old, your valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver.
7 And if the person is sixty years old and upward, then your valuation for a male shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
Thus, Social Security checks should start being received soon after a person's 60th birthday!
Now, if there are any legality-related charges of accusation against some man taking a 15-year-old teen as his common-law concubine who had - willfully and deliberately, voluntarily and in a state of sanity - signed a mutual common-law nuptial agreement with the man, it would be rather difficult for the plaintiff in a court case to convince a jury of Bible-espousing Christians that there was illegal assault, molestation, or rape....especially if the teen woman threatened to sue for slander and defamation, and be doggedly willing to adamently appeal any non-favorable judicial decision to a higher court.
So there has to be agreed-to cooperation for a mutual relationship, not simply in marriage, but as to redemptive justification leading to eternal salvation.
But is such justification something of our own origin, which we can take the credit for, and arrogantly boast and brag about?
Luke 17:10 So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
First John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.
Some prejudiced and somewhat-ignorant Catholics Christians and non-Catholic Christians tend to be one-sided as to what justifies a person, or qualifies them as to being saved and a part of the body of Christ.
The non-Catholics cite:
Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
20 For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it,
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;
23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;
26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith.
28 For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.
29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
30 since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith.
31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Catholic Christians are quick to add:
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?
22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works,
23 and the scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness"; and he was called the friend of God.
24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.
James, in the passage above, gets a little bizarre and shocking by mentioning near-allusions to child-abuse murder intentions and sexually-defiling prostitution immorality, but he makes his point about the need for good works and not faith alone.
Christ Himself angrily uttered, in a mildly-disgusted rage, some seemingly-ridiculous shockers when he told people they had to [eucharistically] eat His flesh and drink His blood:
John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
Why the Lord continued with that cannibalistic-talk absurdity at The Last Supper was related to:
John 6:26 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. The Lord forcefully wanted his followers to know that He was not to be regarded as a mere superette, convenience mart, or grocery store. So Mr Eat-My-Flesh continued on:
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6:48 I am the bread of life.
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
11 The woman said to Him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?"
13 Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again,
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water [not to be misconstrued as His fellatio-sex semen], that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."
31 Meanwhile the disciples besought Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33 So the disciples said to one another, "Has any one brought Him food?"
34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to accomplish His work.
35 Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
It is clear that Jesus is not referring to actual food or drink in terms of ingesting actual human flesh, actual human blood, bread of life, living water, etc. but is speaking spiritually and not in one sense literally:
John 6:63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the [eucharistic] words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life [not to be misunderstood as being literal in the wrong sense].
The grandson of Ken and Gloria Copeland recently pointed out in a televised Bible study that Martha was busy preparing her own dish of self-salvation for Jesus, but did not receive commendation from Him in contrast to that given to her sister Mary, who instead wisely was listening to and receiving the meal of insightful words Jesus was serving.
First Samuel 2:9 "He will guard the feet of his faithful ones; but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might shall a man prevail.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
It becomes evident that both OUR faith (which is woefully and frequently non-reliable) and OUR works (which are severely lacking at times) are human mechanisms attached to justification, but in fact such mechanisms or means to an end when then as viable and useful are gifts of God bestowed by God's grace alone -- and not originating from us as the source!
But whatever actual saving faith and actual saving works we do are a result of us being called by God and accepting His call. The focus is on Him - and not us. Any accredited faith and accredited works done by us are a endowment from God who gets the credit:
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation, neither shadow of change.
Romans 3:24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
4:4 Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due.
5:15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
5:16 And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.
5:17 If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
11:35 "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"
First Corinthians 1:7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
4:7 For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?
Forget trying to earn self-atonement through ingesting eucharistic wafers and wine. Forget trying to earn salvation by being a conscientious recycler, health-club body exerciser, earth-and-animals-worshipping environmentalist, promoter of insubordinate and competitive feminist-sexist "equality," evolution-mythology pseudo-"science," homogay and homosodomite-"rites" perversion, abortion-homicide "choice," contributing to the tax-deductible worldly charities and brainwashing-center "educational" institutions -- throwing your meager-income pearls before swine and giving dogs what is holy, supporting sports teams, funding the evil while defunding the good, complicating your life simply serving chit-chat-talk tables rather than preaching the crucial gospel, and a thousand and one other substitutions for what God in Christ has already done for us, involving our responsibility:
Hebrews 7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
7:25 Consequently He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.
The law itself never justified anyone. Even obedience to the law never justified anyone (except the Lord Himself), because no one except Christ Himself ever obeyed the law perfectly, being that:
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
John 8:46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
First Peter 2:22 He committed no sin; no guile was found on His lips.
First John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
3:5 You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.
Human trafficking is not a component pertaning to a age-16-or-older paid-for concubinal bride of Christ:
Hosea 3:1 And the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is beloved of a paramour and is an adulteress; even as the LORD loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins."
2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley [what a deal!].
3 And I said to her, "You must dwell as mine for many days; you shall not play the harlot, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
Romans 7:4 Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
Jeremiah 3:1 "If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the harlot with many lovers; and would you return to me? says the LORD.
Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made and sustained for us the spirit of life? And what does he desire? Godly offspring. So take heed to yourselves, and let none be faithless to the wife of his youth.
Matthew 5:32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Luke 16:18 "Every one who divorces his wife and marries another [whether age 17, 18, or 19] commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.