Fearing the Right Guy: Matthew 10:26-31

Excellent analysis of a much misunderstood and mistranslated passage of Scripture. Fits in well with my own blog’s current trajectory on the Kingdom of God and whether or not God is a vengeful God who uses eternal torment. Thanks.

Letters to the Next Creation

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:26-31 (NRSV)

The very important key to this passage is keeping in mind the context.  That may seem like a trivial thing to point out, but a reasonably large amount of exegesis…

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