It is OK to use single verse to convey meaning
Editor, the Advocate:
In answer to so much confusion (pros and cons), I would like to hopefully clarify what I know. In 2 Timothy 2:15, we are told to "study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." The Bible is the Word of God. I believe in a higher power.
You can use one verse to apply to whatever circumstance or problem there is. I know because I have studied the Bible since I was a teen and am now 80. Other verses apply to different things. Here is a personal example. I have a son who caused me problems, heartache, disappointments and had done things I am ashamed of. I love him; he is my son. But he has told me so many times that he is a liberal and lives only for himself. There is a scripture in Proverbs 10:1 in part, "a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother." Also, in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 is a description of how today's world is at the present. I can also add from verse two concerning my son. He is a lover of his own self, disobedient to parents.
Also, what is wrong in praying for the leaders of our country? I pray for them; we pray for them in church. Satan is in control of this world. Why does God allow this? Because in the end, God will prevail, and justice will be done. In several chapters of the book of John, it describes Satan as the prince of this world. We can choose to live by the Word of God, or choose what Satan has to offer, and that is what we see today.
Many are called, but few are chosen. One verse or a verse in part can say volumes. To say "read all the chapter," no, no, no! That is where confusion comes in, also contradictions!
I choose to obey the higher power, and I have been blessed with a clear mind.
Connie Lints, Victoria