How do we use the Bible as a guide to life?  

- by Pastor John Torgerson

Some basic facts about how to view the Bible.

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We make a mistake in reading Bible stories and letters and making laws out of them.  

With a little research you can prove this for yourself.  Below are New Testament sin list and virtue lists.  You may not always agree as to what constitutes a list, but I am confident that this compilation is pretty correct.  

Ask yourself, "What is the reason a certain behavior is a sin or an act of righteousness?" (You may have to read around the passage - even as much as a chapter before or a chapter after.)   You will not find a body of law to be the authority of these lists - not even the Ten Commandments - not even the preserved teachings of Jesus.  Jesus is the authority, as he spoke through the Holy Spirit.

Virtue Lists from the New Testament

Romans 12:9-21

Galatians 5:22-23

Ephesians 4:32

Ephesians 6:14-20

Philippians 4:8

Colossians 3:12-4:6

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

1 Timothy 3:2-13

Titus 1:6-9

Hebrews 7:26

James 3:17

Sin Lists of the New Testament


Mark 7:21-22

Romans 13:8-14

Galatians 5:19-21

1 Corinthians 5:9-11

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Ephesians 4:25-31

Ephesians 5:3-5

Colossians 3:5-9

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Revelation 9:20-21

Revelation 21:8, 27

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