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Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ...
(Genesis 3:1-24) ESV

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
(Numbers 23:19) ESV

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
(Deuteronomy 4:2) ESV

“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.
(Deuteronomy 12:32) ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
(Psalm 119:105) ESV

Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
(Proverbs 30:6) ESV

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:18,19) ESV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6) ESV

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
(2 Timothy 4:3,4) ESV

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
(Hebrews 5:14) ESV

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
(1 John 4:1) ESV

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
(Revelation 22:18) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

The better the coverage, the more discriminating the viewer.
--Jessica Savitch – American Journalist Born 1947 Died 1983

I wasn't a very discriminating reader. I read just about everything that came along.
--Charles Kuralt – American Journalist Born 1934 Died 1997

A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.
--William Wordsworth – English Poet Born 1770 Died 18504

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Discriminating and the Bible

From the time we started hearing the word “discrimination” in the 70’s, we developed a negative denotation and connotation from it. We abhorred it like a plague. We tried to stay away from it as far as we can. We did not want to be associated with it. The reason is simple: the meanings we learned from the word as being used is to be biased, bigoted, unfair, prejudiced or intolerant. These are all heavily negative.

Just wait a minute though. Does the word really mean only those negative concepts? Has anybody thought to look up the meaning of the word?

Last night at our Bible Study, the word came up. Well, I made it come up in relation to our study of Romans 12 where Paul admonishes us on how to live a true Christian life. We see how his teachings have broken away from the O.T. Judaic laws. Where there was “an eye for an eye” and a “tooth for a tooth,” he now says, “recompense no one evil for evil.” In the O.T. God instructed his people to kill all the enemies; he instructed his men and women not to marry foreigners as well. He wanted his people pure and unadulterated. This principle remains with Paul’s teachings though because as Christians we are to be set apart.

Therefore, I pointed out that we inherited a discriminating character or attitude from the Bible itself. All through the Bible, God favored the Jews over the Gentiles. In simple terms, he played favorites. The word “favorite” is one aspect of the word discrimination. That word is not all negative. It has positive characteristics as well.

Our facilitator corrected my way of thinking saying that there was a difference. That referring to Biblical principles and teachings, the appropriate word is “discerning.”

I wanted to differ with him but I did not want to create a lengthy discussion with the limited time that we had. Besides, I did not research the word deep enough to be able to engage in an educated exchange and defend my stand.

In order to educate myself and share it with whoever is “discerning,” I referred to my Roget’s Thesaurus as a discriminating authority. Unbelievably, “discerning” is but one sliver of the word just as the word “favorite” is; discrimination has an implication that goes far beyond what we have been hearing and is made to accept. So, here is what Roget’s Thesaurus showed me:

· discriminate – distinguish, tell apart, differentiate, separate, categorize, classify

singled out, show favoritism, show prejudice, favor, victimize

· discriminatory –biased, prejudiced, unfair, bigoted, inequitable

· discrimination – v. bias, favoritism, prejudice, unfairness, inequity, bigotry, intolerance; n. taste, good taste, judgment, discernment, insight, acumen, perception, refinement

· discriminating – discerning, sharp, astute, selective, judicious, perceptive, tasteful, cultivated, refined

Based upon the above definitions, the positive aspect of “discrimination” and its related words are part of what Paul was saying Christians’ lifestyle should be.

When we show good judgment, we are discriminating; when we are selective in the friends we keep, we are discriminating; when we show refinement and finesse, we are discriminating. When we are discerning, we are discriminating.

So, let’s not trash the word altogether. It has its place in our daily vocabulary and paradoxical way of living.2


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Definition of Discriminating

1. a. Able to recognize or draw fine distinctions; perceptive.

b. Showing careful judgment or fine taste: a discriminating collector of rare books; a dish for the discriminating palate.

2. Separating into distinct parts or components; analytical.

3. Serving to distinguish; distinctive: a discriminating characteristic.

4. Marked by or showing bias; discriminatory.3    




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