Verses which are cultural and eternal

Essay by jrock208University, Bachelor'sA+, March 2005

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Among this list of 50 commands and practices from the Old and New Testament I chose to place 35 in the temporary and culture and the remainder in the eternal category. I did not put any in the question category because I do not believe in allowing certain things to be left undecided. The reason I placed most of these commands and practices in the temporary and cultural category is because these were either helpful gestures to the audience it was speaking to, or, they were stated in accordance to their particular cultural and era. In Romans 16:16 it says to greet each other with a holy kiss, though it may be a thoughtful gesture and may be considered alright in other cultures, it however once applied to a culture where it stresses male to male boundaries this is one that would not go over very well. Also, in Mark 6:7 it says to proclaim the word of God two by two as mendicants, this type of practice is not for everyone and should only be taken upon someone who has the calling to do so.

In our world today (namely the U.S.) commands like these are very inapplicable; asking to wash another's feet could easily be taken as an insult, also, prohibiting an American women from wearing braided hair, gold, or pearls would be considered a direct attack on the sovereignty of women's rights.

The few left that I chose to place in the eternal category were commands and practices that were above cultural constraints and have proved to be universally accepted amongst "true Christians" (The reason for the quotations is because I believe no one knows what true Christianity is). Some may say that Colossians 3:18 goes against the equality between the man and the woman, however, including...