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Arcing—Assignment 9
James 1:26-27
Religion that is pure: Examine your ways and be free from deception
#deception
Published June 10th, 2018
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It is not possible to be inwardly good whilst being outwardly evil. A person should judge their own actions as evidence of their relationship with God; the evil speak without thinking or consideration, while he who is truly good loves others with his actions and is not negatively influenced by the world.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
A man may think he is good
q and does not bridle his tongue
but if he speaks harsh or foolish words
but deceives his heart,
he is not good, but rather is deceived
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
this person's "religion" is a hollow thing, and he does not stand justified before God.
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
This is what one's life looks like when they truly know God:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
they love others, especially the vulnerable
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and though they get their hands dirty by mixing with "sinners" and people who are not perfect, their hearts remain pure and untainted.
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It is not possible to be inwardly good whilst being outwardly evil. A person should judge their own actions as evidence of their relationship with God; the evil speak without thinking or consideration, while he who is truly good loves others with his actions and is not negatively influenced by the world. James challenges us to examine ourselves lest we be deceived. It is an appealing thing for a worldly man to recline on the promises of religion - our eternal salvation - in order that he need not worry about what waits beyond death. Yet these promises do not hold true for those who hold merely to the promises, and not to the commands. Those who live their lives in an "unbridled" way, with no thought or submission to God, have no true religion at all. Religion that has worth first seeks God, doing good to others, and remaining free from the corruption of the world.
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I would lean towards a concessive relationship between 26a and 26b. It seems like it would read better saying "If someone thinks he is is righteous, even though he has a sinful speech, he will deceive himself"
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