I know of certain persons within my proximity who have a BIG problem with exactly WHAT [precise] words are used in certain selective Bible verses, relating to what such people wrongly presume and mis-assert are "all" the holy-prophet authors actually intended in terms of "obvious" though perhaps quite unpleasant-to-some "only singular" (but never? multiple and multiple-purpose meanings?).
I cannot now name names, because I am significantly dependent upon them financially, and I am not able to make it monetarily and otherwise on my own, at this time. Someday, however.....
Luke 12:52 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three;
Luke 12:53 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
Be it known that I myself am pathetically not as pure as the newly-driven snow. That said, consider these problematic-to-them Scripture verses:
II Samuel 13:18 Now she was wearing a full-length robe with long sleeves; for thus were the virgin daughters of the king traditionally clad.
[ NOTE: She was not wearing a sleevesless or shortened-skirt robe, like those one frequently sees in pervert-"artist" Sunday-School paintings and drawings and stained-glass windows. And where corrupt "bible"-versions mistranslators got the clearly-ridiculous "multi-colored robe" blurb in that verse is an absolute mystery to me! ]
Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man.
4 Our Redeemer--the LORD of hosts is his name--is the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.
[ NOTE: Was Isaiah trying to be sarcastic by telling the virgin daughter of Babylon to denude herself? Was it a command? Was it a combination of both? Did Isaiah like life-sized porn-in-motion? Was he a sex pervert? How would you like to walk up to a girl and tell her that, with 911 and cellphones and cops nearby? So what should her response have been? What was her consequential response? ]
Jeremiah 2:20 "For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, 'I will not serve.' Yea, upon every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down as a harlot.
21 Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine?
22 Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, says the Lord GOD.
23 How can you say, 'I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals'? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done--a restive young camel interlacing her tracks,
24 a wild ass used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
25 Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
[ NOTE: The New International Version has reworded verse 25 with something like: 'Don't "run" after "other gods" so that your "shoes" are "worn out." ' They really said the likes of that - I kid you not. Incredible! A classic case involving:
Job 13:7 Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him?
2Corinthians 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2Peter 3:15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
2Peter 3:16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. ]
26 "As a thief is shamed when caught, so the house of Israel shall be shamed: they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets,
27 who say to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their back to me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they say, 'Arise and save us!'
28 But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you, in your time of trouble; for as many as your cities are your gods, O Judah.
Now - admittedly - the last two segments of the Holy Bible above do infer illicit (oh, excuse me: idolatrous) flirting with (oh, excuse me: worshipping) false gods.
Before we get to elaboration on such, yours truly must again (and again!) (and again!) suffer the lamentable, silly, and sordid liturgy and mantras of accusatory satanic complaints against such persons as myself for even referring at all....(again).....to "such particular" Bible verses:
"There he goes again." "When will he get off his anti-woman kick?" "How long is he going to repeatedly harp on that, and be hung up on those type of verses?" "Why sweat the small stuff? God looks on the inward, not the outward." "To the impure, all things are impure." "What has that to do with anything?" "Why get so nitpicky and obsessed with incidentals?" "Must you always misinterpret Scripture and take it out of context?" "When we all get to Heaven, everything will be all right then." "He is one disturbed sicko to overconcentrate so much on those few verses." What's his point - trying to proof-text pet points out of context?" "That's only his opinion!"
Yah, yah, yah. And when will they stick their own heads in the nearest toilets, then flush themselves?
Amos 7:16 "Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.'
Micah 2:6 "Do not preach" --thus they preach--"one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us."
Mark 8:17 And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
John 12:40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and turn for me to heal them."
Romans 11:7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it sought. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
2Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.
2Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,
2Timothy 4:4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths [i.e. allegories, symbolism, metaphors, etc.].
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
And the Devil's accusations go on and on and on and on and on with such and similar relentlessly-nauseating endlessness. Hearing such incessant condamnation, you'd think by their harsh, cruel, and critical rhetoric that I had committed The Mortal Sin.
Now, since in this webpage we are (of necessary) quite thankfully going beyond that ridiculous defamatory waste of time and uselessly-worthless harassing diatribe, we will examine the so-called "inflammatory" words the prophets actually used, and why heretics find such so despicable, deplorable, obscene, embarrassing, obnoxious, uncalled for, and out of place.
Before we do, I (in all frank and open-minded honesty) would like to point out that many gals (on seasonably warm days) relentlessly, repeatedly, and incessantly exhibit their nude arms in general public view with sleeveslessness, bare legs in general public view with shorts and shortened skirts, with or without wearing sandals or flip-flops minus socks on their bare feet so as to expose naked toes to general public view.
Those little [supposedly]-"insignificant" bits of info might come in handy as we continue on with the elaboration promised.
In the RSV/NASV II Samuel 13:18, Isaiah 47, and Jeremiah 2 clips, the words "she", "long robe with sleeves," "traditionally clad," "virgin daughter, "strip off....robe," "uncover....legs," "nakedness.....uncovered," "shame.....seen," "vengeance," and "spare no [man]," "feet....unshod," "loved strangers," are the words which heretics rephrase with merely:
"worshipping other gods as idols."
The exact words to them are supposed to mean absolutely nothing whatsoever, but are instead groups of English letters to instantly and only be considered mere metaphors, allegories, similes, and symbolism for: "worshipping other gods as idols." After all, isn't the overall context "plainly" referring to illicit (oh, excuse me: idolatrous) flirting with (oh, excuse me: worshipping) false gods?
Nothing at ALL to do with ACTUAL bared arms or nude legs or naked feet obscenely and insanely bared by sexually-harassing female-exhibitionist seducers, rife and reeking with lustful and indiscriminate sex on their no-Bible-reading-in-public-schools, worldly-magazines-and-TV-programming-brainwashed, dirty-gutter minds. No, no, no.....of course NOT!
So, let's show what FOOLS such allegory-only, metaphor-only, symbolism-only heretics are by substituting other bland and benign allegories, metaphors, and symbolism which ALSO could replace the authentic "non-mentionable"/"non-definable" words actually used by the prophet authors of correctly-rendered previously-mentioned sexually-oriented Bible verses....for the questionable, even damnable, sake of "peace," "unity," and "normality:"
Matthew 10:34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
II Samuel 13, Isaiah 47, Jeremiah 2 = Hey fishermen, make sure you wear old clothes and an apron when you clean fish. Rip up the underbelly of your fish so the guts come out, and flay them so that the scales fly all over, while you have running water available. Your bloody fish will smell and your gooey entrails with mess up your cutting board. Keep your tackle box locked, but you have said, 'No, I need to trip over my tackle box so that all the lures fall out.
How's that for a metaphorical or allegorical or symbolical rephrase of II Samuel 13 and Isaiah 47 and Jeremiah 2 vaguely taken to refer to idol worship of whatever, without using "those nasty other words"?
Or, try this one:
II Samuel 13, Isaiah 47, Jeremiah 2 = "Hey, can-do-whatever-a-man-can-do feminist-sexist-belligerant girl mechanic: Wear overalls but not gloves when working on a car. Drain the crankcase oil, and loosen the oil filter, without an oil pan underneath, with the ceiling fan running. Your garage floor will get all slippery, and your floor drain filled with toxic pollutants. Keep your screwdriver from touching running-engine sparkplug cables. But you have said, 'No, I like to get 20,000-volt shocks to see if the ignition wires are OK.
I like that one even better, for vaguely referring to idol worship of whatever - without using "those nasty other words".
Make up your own. At least you won't mouth the words that could get you arrested, fined, and jailed by judgmental legalists using the doctrines-of-demon slogans of "assaultive abuse," "hate crimes," "hate speech," or "hate thoughts" "only characteristic of fundamentalist-islam Iran-dictatorship-like repression" against american "freedom" and constitutional? "liberty." It is a "free country," so "why can't we all live like the Devil, each doing our own thing, and to Hell with what other people think and how we might be irreparably hurting and damaging them" [who want to stay pure in their blessed virginity and decent-mindedness]? "If they don't like us forcing our immodest shit into their non-soliciting face and down their throats, THEY can leave."