“What a different world we would live in if professed believers actually LIVED out the scriptures!”
It would be very different. It would also be considerably better.
i hope that you take this question in the good spirit intended, but have you recently started attending a different church, or have a change in pastors? I am noticing a really nice “fit.”
There are many verses and teachings that support the verses that you already quoted. Conversely, most all of the favorite “billy club” verses are taken quite out of context, or are not meant to be applied outside of the body of the church, or both.
Sadly, the reality is that people who fail to live by their religious or ideological creeds will always be with us. I struggle to live up to my own as a Wiccan. And we in the “tolerant, sexually non-judgmental community,” well, we can be just as mean and judgmental as any Pharisee. (Eek, did I just say that?)
The common ingredient is placing the emphasis on everyone else instead of focusing on ourselves. “If only we could get everyone to see everything our way, then all will be well.” Such a common wish; such an unattainable goal.