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Dont pick and use verses out of context
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Editor, Ceres Courier,
I would like to be given a chance to respond to an article in last week's paper by Trish Sales, "Aquila's commentary rife with faulty logic."

I found her whole, angry statement upsetting but I was disturbed with her biblical illiteracy. For example, Leviticus 25:44-46 in support of slavery and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 with women not speaking in church. If you read the passages in context, you will see in that particular time slaves (NIV) or bond servants (KJV) are not the same as we know it today. No one was ever dragged off against their will. This was the last resort choice of people living below the poverty line in their time. To be more specific, a bond servant was one who chose to stay in their master's home while a slave would be set free after the agreed re-payment of personal debt was met.
As for 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, this is clearly about women not speaking "in tongues" in church, not that woman cannot verbally speak in church.

I encourage you to read the Bible as it was meant to be read. Pulling one or two verses out to fit one's own agenda is only a misrepresentation of God's Word.

John Allen,

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