My church finished its Bible study about Paul's Epistle to the Romans last night! We were going through Romans: The Letter That Changed the World, with Mart De Haan & Jimmy DeYoung.
will be a brief post, since I'm rather tired right now. I went to the
Imax today with my brother, my Mom, and my Mom's husband. We saw Jurassic Park
in 3-D. I was afraid that the 3-D would make the dinosaurs in the
movie even scarier, since they would look like they're right in front of
me, in real life space. But that's not exactly what happened. I
thought that the 3-D was excellent in making tables, plants, and rooms
look three-dimensional, but (in my opinion) it was not as effective in
making the dinosaurs and the people look 3-D. The movie was scary, due
to the plot and the special effects, but that was unrelated to the 3-D
nature of the film.
But back to Romans!
There were two things in particular that stood out to me. First of all,
we were looking at Romans 14, in which Paul was talking about how the
strong and the weak in faith should interact. The picture of the
chapter that we got was this: the weak in faith eat only vegetables and
observe special days, whereas the strong have a broader diet and treat
every day as alike. The strong were to respect the weak, and the weak
were not to judge the strong. What confuses me is this: Paul seems to
imply that the strong and the weak are aware of each other and of each
other's practices, and Paul is exhorting both sides to exercise
tolerance. And yet, in Romans 14:15-21, Paul appears to be saying that
the strong should not eat meat or drink wine in a setting that would
cause their weaker brothers to stumble or to become offended. But, if
the strong and the weak know of each other and are supposed to tolerate
each other, why should the strong have to keep their practices a secret
from the weak? Shouldn't the weak exercise tolerance towards the
strong, rather than assuming that everyone in the church shares their
Second, the DVD that we watched
said that, according to Romans, God's love brought Jew and Gentile
together into one body, the church. Rome tried to bring people together
by force and by fear, but God brought people together by love.