Wednesday, 09 July 2008
One morning, I found myself in an extremely uncomfortable conversation. At 6:15 a.m., a painter on one of my accounts told me that he "wanted it all." We'ed noted earlier that working early means ending early, and for me, this was just another benefit of my job. He, on the other hand, didn't want to work at all.
"If all the world were holiday, then to play would be as tedious as to work," I quoted. "It's good for us to work."
"Yeah, right! I want money, fun, ease...no work!"
"But God made us to work," I said, to which he asked what god I meant, and we discovered we were both "Christian." His kids apparently go to a Christian school, and he claimed attendance at some church.
"No he didn't," the guy continued. "Garden of Eden, baby! Adam and Eve were meant to have fun!"
"Uh, no," I said. "God put Adam in the Garden to work. Before sin entered the world, Adam was tending the Garden."
"Really?!" he said. "I don't believe that."
"Well, you need to go read Genesis 2 and 3," was my counter-point.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Genesis 2:15, NASB
I was nice to the guy...nice enough apparently for him to ask me out to lunch to "debate scripture." Ick! So disgusted...the second offer at a meal with some man this year has to come from another fiftysomething who doesn't read the Bible enough!
I'm so sick of people who try to win an argument or validate their opinions by inaccurately using scripture!
As I was fuming over the conversation, and even more over the fact that this creep was flirting with me, it suddenly struck me that I might've quoted the Bible incorrectly myself in the past. I wonder how many times it's happened...
How often do you encounter scripture being used inaccurately? Have you ever accidentally done it yourself?