A controversial article in La Civilta Cattolica, a Vatican-approved publication, by editor-in-chief Jesuit Fr.
Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentine Presbyterian pastor who leads his country's edition of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has attacked the American Christians who supported Donald Trump for the American presidency. "It" is the 2010 crash of a Polish Air Force plane near Smolensk, Russia, which killed Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of Polish Law and Justice party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 18 members of the Polish parliament, the military commanders of the Polish armed forces, the Polish central bank chief and a former Polish president. If anyone has any doubt the swamp in Washington does not want to be drained, all someone has to do is look at the news that came out Thursday.
History records that monarchies are almost always replaced, either violently or peacefully, with the king or queen often allowed to retain minimal power.
God is calling people who are citizens of many different nations on Earth, and most who learn the truth in this age are privileged to live under the freedoms of a democracy.
Of course, many have previously participated in the election of their local, state, provincial or national leaders. What does the Bible teach about voting to select leaders—either in national governments or in the selection of church leaders in various denominations? Most theologians, religionists and churchmen blindly assume that it is.
This interpretation is reflected in the following translations: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NIV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NASB) “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NLT) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NRSV) Many churches (especially within Evangelical circles), emphasize this verse to men and (especially) adolescent boys, warning that if they so much as think of a woman in a sexual manner, they’ve already sinned, that they’ve already effectively done the deed with her.
Such an interpretation often works hand-in-glove with the common idea that Jesus “intensified” the Law in the Sermon on the Mount, setting a higher standard in order to show that no person could actually live up to God’s standards, showing that a person could only be saved by recognizing the impossibility of righteousness and then receiving forgiveness (a complete misinterpretation of the Sermon on the Mount I will address at another time). Another key aspect of nearly all the common misinterpretations of this verse is a specific (mistaken) definition of the word “lust.” Specifically, many readers understand “lust” as specifically denoting misplaced or overly robust libido.