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Joshua 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

If someone were to read this, they would think God is a tough harsh God Who doesn’t forgive sins. They would think God is so holy until our mess-ups, won’t receive forgiveness. Someone else may say if it’s in the Bible, it has to be true.

That’s why it’s important to read the Word in proper context. Yes, this scripture is truly stated in the Bible but, it’s not a statement of truth. This is Joshua telling the Israelites about his beliefs of God. We know these beliefs aren’t true because all throughout the Bible, before and after Jesus, we see God forgiving people of their sins. He is still holy and wants us all to Himself, but He’s also forgiving.

2 Timothy 2:15 says, we should rightly divide the Word. If we can rightly divide the word, we can wrongly divide the word.

Take this into consideration before believing certain things in the Bible and before spreading it to someone else. Read it in context and compare what is stated with the overall nature of God.

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