Saturday, September 5, 2009

Notes on 1 Corinthians

I made some notes on 1 Corinthians the other day; the run roughly chapter 12 to 15. Note that my question about a controversial and possibly sexist interpretation of a certain verse is more about the issue of changing interpretations, especially since here we have a case of the plainest interpretation of a verse being patently ignored by many denominations and church groups in Christianity, even many of those who claim to hold to the plain interpretation of Scripture. Why?

Notes on 1st Corinthians

1 Cor. 11:25

“Mass” verse / Paschal Mystery?

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes”

1 Cor 12:13

“For we were all baptized by [with, in] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews of Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”

Q: Does “one body” mean organizational unity was God's plan?

Q: Is baptism a vehicle for the unity described?

Q: Is baptism the way of entry into the community of faith?

1 Cor. 12:8-10

list of gifts through the Spirit:

    • the message of wisdom

    • the knowledge of wisdom

    • healing

    • miraculous powers

    • prophecy

    • distinguishing between spirits

    • speaking in different kinds of tongues [languages]

    • interpretation of tongues

1 Cor. 14:16-17

Tongues are useless w/o interpretations

Q: Does this passage imply that those around you ought to be able to understand you when you pray, or at least your meaning?

Q: If so, what are the implications for things like Latin Masses?

1 Cor. 14:34

women should remain silent in the churches...”

  • All churches (okay, most) ignore this recommendation

  • Q: Why?

1 Cor. 15:19

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

  • It seems the resurrection of the faithful was pretty important to the early Church

  • Q: Why, then, do so many theologians keep downplaying it?

On 15:35-41

Does this tie to G.K.C. in an undisclosed way? TMWWT?

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