God made us God knows better how to live our lives Than we do That's why truth is so important
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me a drink. (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food)
The Samaritan woman said to him, "I'm not your servant just because I'm a woman!" Jesus answered her, "I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. Please forgive me"
"If you knew who I was, you'd ask me, and I would give you living water- not that you're not doing just fine without it!
The woman said to him, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.
Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but for some who drink of the water that I will give, they might not ever be thirsty again. The water that I will give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life
The woman said to him, Give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.
Jesus said to her, Do you have a 'significant other' that you'd like to call to come and be a part of this? The woman answered him, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, I'm sorry- hope I haven't offended you.
The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.
Jesus said to her, Please understand, I don't want to push my beliefs, but I think the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. Some would say that you worship what you do not know and that we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
But those are intolerant haters and I know they're wrong and ignorant. Forgive me, but I really believe the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him might want to worship in spirit and truth- or not. Whatever
The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her, If it doesn't offend you, I believe I am the Messiah
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a Samaritan woman because they were sexist and racist, but no one said, What do you seek? or, Why are you talking with her? For they knew this would be politically-incorrect.
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, Come, see a man who was very tolerant and didn't try to shame me or make me feel bad. Can this be the Christ? They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He was very tolerant and told me nothing about my sin or anything else that might offend me..." - John 4, Reinterpreted
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, even though you mean well and are generally good guys!"
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, good guys! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful. But it's good to appear beautiful, so never mind. You also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are… A OK in my book!" - Jesus, Matthew 23, Reinterpreted
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? You're good, too. In fact, you're the bomb, bro! You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother
And he said to him, 'Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth"
And Jesus, looking at him, really wanted to be liked by this guy. And he said to him, "You're doing just fine. Who am I to make you feel bad? Just keep on being the great guy you already are and it's all good"
Encouraged by the saying, he went away and continued to spend his money on himself while all around him people starved. And he was happy, for he had great possessions and had been told by Jesus he was "in!" - Mark 10, Reinterpreted
Relativism is the basis For Tolerance Who are you to say someone else is wrong?
Relativism is the basis For Tolerance You're not allowed to speak "your truth" if doing so might upset someone else
So… Judge not, and you will not be judged; We've just interpreted the Bible Through the lens of our culture
What it really says... Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you - Luke 6:37-38 Context: Love your enemies And give grace…
For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks - Luke 6:43-45 Jesus: This is how you judge What kind of person you're dealing with!
We are to judge: - Ourselves first - Others…in order to restore - To make choices
We are to judge: - Ourselves But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment - 1 Corinthians 11:31
We are to judge: - Ourselves How can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye - Matthew 7
We are to judge: - In order to help Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted - Galatians 6:1
We are to judge: - To make choices Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them - Matthew 7:15-16
If I never judge Then I don't love Don't drink that!
Jesus said to her, You are right in saying, I have no husband; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true - John 4
Jesus cared about The woman at the well Enough to tell her the truth- She was in sin And it changed her forever
Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ? …Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, He told me all that I ever did - John 4
He cared enough for Israel To speak the truth About it's religious leaders And some repented, as did many people
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness
So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness - Matthew 23
When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me
Jesus, looking at the rich young ruler Loved him, as said, "One thing you still lack…"
Jesus cared enough for the Rich Young Ruler To speak truth Even though it might upset him
Jesus refused to budge On issues of truth But the motive was always love
"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice - Jesus, John 18 Truth: Lost and need a Savior
Tolerance makes people feel good Truth makes some people angry- And changes hearts and lives
If I don't speak truth For fear of upsetting you It's not you I love But me