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Voice of the Day: St. John Chrysostom on Searching the Scriptures

Christ, in sending the [people] to the scriptures, sent them, not merely to read them, but carefully to search and ponder them. And did he not say, “Read the scriptures,” but “Search the scriptures.” … Their meaning is not expressed superficially or set forth in their literal sense, but, like a treasure, lies buried at a great depth. And those who seek for hidden things will not be able to find the object of the search if they do not seek carefully and painstakingly.
– St. John Chrysostom
Homily 41 (John 5:39-47), A.D. 390

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posted October 8, 2007 at 2:22 pm

How true. While considering the charges against Warren Jeffs, I thought about the practice of polygamy in the Bible. A “plain reading” would strongly suggest that polygamy is condoned. But an open-hearted reading tells me that the polygamy of the Bible is different from the child abuse that Jeffs practiced.
I did not, however, find it easy to communicate the difference.
Prophetic Progress: Polygamy

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posted October 9, 2007 at 11:51 am

I think maybe God allowed polygamy in ancient times, but it was never His ideal and now it is contrary to His will.

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