"When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 5:4-5
"If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." - 2 Corinthians 2:10-11
After Paul's long introduction to this second letter, he tells the Corinthians that the church is having problems in Asia. In fact, Paul goes so far as to say that "We are under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure". What happened to "God doesn't give anyone more than they can handle"? Paul ends this by saying he needs the Corinthian's prayers, so that God may more readily assist them in Asia.
Paul spends the rest of the first chapter, and the beginning of the second, explaining why he won't be able to make a second visit to Corinth. I say he "explains" but in the end I'm not really sure why he doesn't make the second visit. He rambles on for awhile about the answers to all promises being "yes" through Christ. Except, apparently, for Paul's promise to return to Corinth. The only reason he gives for not visiting is that he was "sparing" the Corinthians another visit from him.
Next Paul tells the Corinthians that, if they have forgiven anyone, Paul forgives them too. Of course, if they had followed Paul's previous letters they would have thrown people that needed forgiven into the clutches of Satan. Anyway, I thought Jesus had already forgiven everyone, regardless of Paul's approval.
Chapter 3 is about how the glory of Jesus must be more glorious than the glory of Moses. This, Paul would contend, logically follows, because the glory of Moses only brought destruction but the glory of Jesus brings life. Paul's ramblings seem to get more vacuous every day.
In chapter 4 Paul repeats that God has blinded some from the message of Jesus. Some get personal visits from Jesus (like Paul), while others are intentionally blinded from seeing the message of Jesus? Why?
Paul ends the chapter by saying that we should focus on things that are unseen, rather than things that are seen. "For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal". Incidentally, things that are unseen are also sometimes nonexistent.
What does Pat Robertson think women should do with their committed boyfriends who just happen to be atheists:
Christ didn't have fellowship with people that believed differently than he did? What bible is that in?
This is reason #5382 that you shouldn't be taking relationship advice from Pat Robertson. It's interesting that Pat still goes the "it's never going to work" route, when the woman said that her and her boyfriend had been together for four years. It obviously seems to be working enough for them to stay together for four years.
By the way, Paul mentions interfaith marriages (1 Corinthians 7:12-13). In fact, he specifically mentions that people should not get a divorce in marriages where one spouse is a nonbeliever. He also says that the believing spouse "sanctifies" the unbelieving one. First, Paul is acknowledging that these marriages exist. And second he is giving his de facto approval to them by saying that they should not end in divorce.
Does Pat bother to read his bible between his bouts of vitriol?
(via Seattle Weekly)