Atheists often use the following quote from John Adams to proselyte others to their atheistic beliefs.
"This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it!!
Adams did actually write the above sentence in a personal letter to Thomas Jefferson.
However, when the sentence is placed in its original context, the entire meaning changes:
Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it!!" But in this exlamation I would have been ... fanatical... Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell.
Quite a change of meaning isn't it?
I wonder how many passages in Scripture, often quoted by us conservative Baptists, are taken out of their context, and if we framed the verses within their context, the meaning of the passages themseleves would change in our minds?
I have heard some people say "How can two, well-meaning, sincere, Bible-believing Christians disagree on the meaning of a passage or verse of Scripture?"
That's not as difficult as it might seem. It's all about context.
In His Grace,