Bible Study: 11/29/95
I Pet 2:13
Quote of the day:
If Jesus had never been born, Gloria
Steineim would be wearing a veil. (James
Addendum to the above
Quote: And if she complained, she'd have
been beheaded for her concerns.
1. Submit to every institution/ruler? Who is
Peter trying to fool? Does this mean "every"
institution or ruler? How about Hitler?
Throw in the Wrench: At what period of time
was this written? Answer: While Rome was
under Nero probably, indicating that Peter
knew very well about the terrors of evil
Find occasions in the Bible that show people
who disobeyed an evil king or ruler or
leader. What was their reward? E.g. Pharoah
and the Midwifes, did they have an other
Is the Bible consistent? Does Peter know
what he is talking about?
When should we not obey an evil king?
Teacher's note: Talk about the difference
between active and passive refusal. If a
King says you must actively do evil verses
allow you to do evil. How do we then deal
with Hitler and the people who saved the
Jews e.g. Corrie Ten Boom. There is a
dilemma here that is not answered in the
Bible. Also remember we could argue that no
despotism is worse that anarchy.
2. How does obeying a good or evil despot
silence the ignorance of foolish men?
If we don't get to Q3, do some research on
it next week. Look it up in a commentary and
a Greek/English dictionary.
3. Slaves? Slaves? Over the centuries some
Christians have used this and other such
verses to justify the keeping of slaves.
Over the last few decades, anti-Christians
have used this and other such verses to show
that Christianity is morally deficient and
racist. What is Peter really trying to say
here? How do you defend the Bible against
your local resident Anti-Theist?
Teacher's note: The Greek word
here used is not the word for Slaves,
actually it is the word for Servant or
freemen. But the principle still stands.