This lesson is for our 18-40 age group for class on Sunday April 26. We have been studying “Is There Such A Thing As Absolute Truth”. We have concluded that the Bible is truth and that the things it says must be respected.
Sometimes we make judgments about certain commandments and principles. We put them into one of two boxes. We might conclude they are absolute truths or we might think of them as “a cultural thing”. This lesson is designed to help us examine our thought process that we use as we work through such questions. We should not “pick and choose” what we want to obey and we should be consistent in how we read and apply the Bible!
We will review this in class Sunday but anyone receiving this is welcome to share their thoughts here.
WHICH BOX and WHY?
Some Guidelines to help us decide…
- Is it something that is unique to certain cultures at certain times?
- How strongly is it stated? How clear is the teaching?
- A careful examination of the text may provide clues.
- What does the rest of the Bible say concerning about this topic?
In the case of the things we put in the “cultural box” there may be an absolute principle that we respect in the way that is appropriate for our culture.
Consider Foot Washing, the Holy Kiss, and the Woman’s Head Covering. Each of these 3 are pretty much directly commanded in scripture(See Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12,1 Thessalonians 5:26, 1 Peter 5:14, John 13:14-15, and 1 Corinthians 11:5-6). Yet, typically we place them in the “culture” box.
Is there any evidence that cultures vary in the significance they attach to these?
A deeper look at the Woman’s Head Covering. Read 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.
- What principle is Paul concerned about in verse 3?
- What does he instruct concerning men in verse 4? Is this an absolute moral truth?
- What does he instruct concerning women in verse 5 and 6?
This passage is riddled with tricky questions like….
- What does it mean, “her hair is given to her for a covering”?
- What does it mean, “she ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels”?
- What do we do with, “judge for yourselves, is it proper for a woman to pray uncovered”? How would we answer that”?
If there are tricky aspects to understanding a passage, how might that affect our application?
Finally one last passage in light of out “present distress” –