Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sons and Heirs
If you are an heir and still a child you might as well be a slave until the time comes for you to take your inheritance.
I guess he is trying to say that even as an heir, you don't have a lot of control so you might as well be a slave? This analogy is terrible.
When the time came God sent his son to redeem those under the law and make them sons, and therefore heir's through God.
I'm either completely misunderstanding this passage or the analogy is just atrocious. He's reusing the words sons, heirs, and slaves but in ways that don't match up and the meanings just don't seem to cross over much.
Paul's Concern for the Galatians
Before you knew Christ you were enslaved to regular people. How can you go back to that after knowing God?
Were the Galatians actually slaves or is this poetic?
I preached to you before because of a bodily ailment. My condition was a trial for you and yet you accepted me anyway, but after I preached the truth to you I became an enemy which I find puzzling. I wish I could be there with you now so we can sort this out, I am confused about why you changed your tone.
Here we see the problem with these books being a letter written from Paul to a specific group of people. The people have a history with Paul, so I'm sure they know exactly what he's talking about, but I have no idea.
The reason that Paul started preaching to them was an ailment? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, he was sick and therefore he started preaching? Did his preaching include asking them for help? His condition was a trial to them, is that because he was contagious or because he was asking them for help? Very strange.
Example of Hagar and Sarah
Abraham had 2 sons with 2 different women, one a slave and one free. The son of the slave was born of the flesh and the son of the free woman was born through promise. As it was at that time, those who were born of the flesh persecute those who are born of the spirit. The scripture says to cast out the slave woman and her son. We are not children of the slave but the free woman.
That is a lot of wrong in one place. First, the scripture is advocating throwing a slave woman out with her child, that is fucked up. As the bible seems to do, it is promoting a persecution complex, but here it is pretty explicitly promoting a preemptive strike, they will persecute you so in anticipation you should throw a slave woman and her child out. Finally, wishful thinking. We don't want to be descendant of the slaves so we aren't (it's possible that there is actual reason that they are descendants of Isaac, but I'm assuming he's just pandering)
For the overview post (If you think I should add or remove stuff from this list please let me know, I think it would make good conversation)
4:29 persecution complex
4:30 preemptive strike
4:31 wishful thinking