I decided to look up a random Bible chapter, paraphrase each line, and then reflect on it. Here's the result: GALATIANS 6 1. Rebuke the sinner without being an asshole about it. Avoid sinning, yourself, in the process. 2. Help each other out. 3. Don’t fool yourself about who or what you are. 4. Measure yourself by yourself. 5. Take care of your own shit. 6. Repay your teacher well. 7. Don’t test God, or He’ll get you. 8. Don’t give in to your flesh, but try to do what is spiritually good. 9. Keep going, keep doing good, no matter how hard. 10. Do good for others, especially other believers. 11. (Paul signing the letter) 12. Those who want you circumcised only want it as a means of self-justification. 13. They think you getting circumcised will somehow cover for them not following God’s law. 14. Paul wants only to boast in the Cross, or his Salvation through Christ. 15. Circumcision doesn’t matter; salvation does. 16. Peace and Mercy to those who see that salvation is all that matters. 17. Paul says people should be good to him, because he has suffered for Christ. 18. (Paul blesses and says goodbye to the Galatians) In the first paragraph of this chapter, Paul seemed to be writing a theme about being cautious of your actions and self-perspective. He called on us to correct our friends in the first line, but the rest of the paragraph is all about introspection. Are helping our slipping friend, or being too rough with them? Are we being careful about sinning, ourselves? Are we being honest about who we really are, what we’re really doing, or what we’re capable of? Jordan Peterson has echoed the message of line 5, in a way. You shouldn’t try to measure yourself by the success of others, or what others are doing. You should measure yourself by how/what you were yesterday. Line 5 is an interesting contrast to line 2... Line 2 stated that we should help each other with our own burdens, but line 5 stated that each should carry his own burden. There isn’t a difference in language, either, that I can tell. However, as Bible Hub has pointed out, these are connected to two different lines, with different contexts (biblehub.com). You are to help one who is sinning, but you also need to take care of and account for your own sins. The last line of that first paragraph stated that you should share good things with your teachers. It doesn’t seem like a connected thought to the rest of the paragraph, to me, but it seems like a good thing to do, anyway. It’s a repayment. The second paragraph of this chapter was a bit more focused in its message. Paul stated that it doesn’t matter if one is circumcised or uncircumcised, so much as whether they are saved through Jesus or not. He implied bad intentions of those who still wanted others to be circumcised—covering up for their own inadequacies. Circumcision is a Jewish tradition, and the Church was reaching out to other peoples. Perhaps Christian Jews were pressuring others to follow their traditions, and this was causing some anxiety among the non-Jewish converts. Also though, salvation and a relationship with Christ is obviously the most important part of Christianity.
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