5 out of 5 stars *****
I get so much out of this Bible Study series. Every Sunday the Fishers of Men, my study group, meet to talk about a chapter with an appointed leader who uses the teacher's edition of our study guide. This leader prepares each week to engage and explain more than what the class reads in our paperbacks.
Valuable lessons of life become apparent with our discussions, one person's input enhancing another's perspective. Lessons taught hundreds and even thousands of years ago are still fresh today. It is as if mankind understands but is incapable of maintaining adherence to God's desire for us. This awareness imparts the necessity for such classes. The most difficult aspect in such a group is finding one that is compatible and fun.
This month's subjects cover biblical scripture from Acts 13 - 28. I learn how "tolerance" is more than perseverance and patience; it is accepting another's point of view even though it is opposite of my own. This act diffuses my anger and frustration over any issue or circumstance where I am confronted about my opinion or perspective.
Another key lesson is on "gossip." Gossip may cause me to bear false witness to my neighbor. This violates the Ninth Commandment. The ease at which this occurs brings up a healthy discussion about how the News is mainly negative, or bad news. We spread bad news about the world and each other without thinking whom we may hurt. Talking gossip seems to be the antithesis to sharing the Gospel, which is spreading the good news.
Out of our talk we agree that bad news spreads faster and farther than good news because it is particularly interesting to us in a morbid way. A friend suggests it is because we (mankind) are so attached to the flesh and this world. To rise above this we must be more attached to our spiritual side (born again) by being in touch with God's Holy Spirit. We conclude that we cannot do this alone, we need a Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, our inability to consistently obey the Ten Commandments.
So whether I agree or disagree with any point someone brings up in class, I am, now, tolerant of their point of view and do not try to convert them to my outlook. A debate may ensue but there is never an argument, only another observation presented with love.