universally misinterpreted verses

Fred Phelps (Fred.Phelps@f7012.n2001.z12.telcom.lfa.com)
02 Apr 96 00:33:00 -0700

I would like to start a thread on "universally misinterpreted verses".
It seems that we do not read Scripture for ourselves, but believe what
others tell us it says. The purpose of this thread is so that we will
be less deceived - if you have noticed how a verse is undisputabley and
almost universally misinterpreted in your circles, please inform us.

Here are two for starters:

1) Gen 1:11 (Thanks to Glenn). "Then God said "Let the land produce
vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit
with seed in it, according to their various kinds."

I had always misread this and assumed it meant that seeds bear fruit
according to their kinds (apples give apple seeds, hence some conclude
no evolution!), not that there were various kinds of fruits. The same
of course goes for the animals in Gen 1:25 and elsewhere.

2) Mt 24:40 "Two men will be in the field; one will be taken, and the
other left." We have of course all been told that this refers to the
"rapture". But "taken" here clearly is parallel to "taken" in the days
of Noah, in verse 39. There it was a flood which took people away in
judgement - i.e. they were klled (drowned), a far cry from the glories
of being raptured. If you have any doubt, see Luke 17:16-37.