Can bible study groups be in error?

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    Bible study groups are based on well prepared materials, usually by very well educated members of the Faith. Also, bible studies are essential in bringing the Word to people and develop individual understanding of it.

    But with all that well prepared materials, and with all that serious work and time put in by the group leader, can they still be wrong?

    Here is an example. Apostle Paul writes to be a good citizen, do as your country tells you to, pay your taxes, and so on. But we already know, that half the countries impose special taxes that are developed specifically against Christians, in order to starve them to death. Most notably, Jordania has no Christian's left, as a result.

    So, wouldn't the correct interpretation of Paul's word be, that Christians should no challenge their government, only. If your government is after you, do you have to put out? When Satan is after you, you are told not to put out. So, what is the correct bible study then?
     
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    Link to Bible verse=-?
     
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    I always put out after a few drinks ...

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    Paul is interpreted ------as something like-----DO WHATEVAH THE ROMANS
    WANT YOU TO DO. ---------- . Those are based on --- his putative writings that made it
    past the Nicean council think "POLITICS"
     
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    For example, Romans 13:1-7.
     
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    That was supposedly written by Paul during the reign of Nero teaching christians submission to government authorities and the emperor of Rome. Doesn't that raise every red flag in your head?

    Does that sound like the way to salvation? The gospel of Jesus Christ? Submission to a psychopath? Just turn a blind eye to government corruption, injustices and atrocities and fund it? Thats what God wants? I don't think so.

    Stay away from basement bible study sessions, unless you want your rational mind, your birthright as a human being, surgically removed by trained personnel and eaten by a bunch of ghouls.


    Use your own mind to think. If you come up with nothing try harder. The more you apply your own mind to understand the more you will be able to. Don't lift your skirt for every church group that winks at you. They will all line up with that goofy smile waiting to take their turn draining the the life force right out of your soul until you are turned into an intellectual invalid, unable to get up from the floor, naked and ashamed.
     
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    "I can resist anything but temptation" ... Oscar Wilde
     
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    That is a really good question.
    On one hand, in Romans, it says if we owe taxes, pay taxes. If we owe revenue, pay revenue, owe respect, give respect. If we owe honor, give honor.
    Then there is the flip side, that under no circumstances are we to receive the mark our government is going to introduce, even unto death.

    Both options could result in starvation. The latter especially will. But rebelling against government isn't encouraged in the new Testament.
    Christ didn't advocate it against Rome, and doesn't advocate it in Revelation. Nowhere can I find, "Rise up against evil rulers".
    So I am going to say, beware, pray for discernment, be aware of the times we live in , but don't raise a sword against a perverse government. That's the Lord's job.
     
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    Render unto caesar etc.

    To the average person standing around it would have seemed like Jesus was advocating paying taxes supporting the Roman occupation but to the observant Jew who knew that everything belonged to God and nothing belonged to caesar especially in Judea he was really saying the exact opposite, give caesar nothing.
     
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    Even if we consider, that Jesus first asked whose picture was on that money, before he said render onto Ceasar?
     

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