Verga, I’m not sure which snarky comment I responded to. I was asking about a verse that has never made sense to me.
That particular verse SEEMS to be an anomaly, which means I’m probably not getting it. The verse in question taken literally as translated SEEMS to say that Jesus’ suffering is inadequate and that Paul’s suffering was to make up for that shortage.
That doesn’t match anything Paul or anyone else writes.
I look for “discrepancies” and “errors” when I read the Bible. First, I trust the Bible will defend itself and its not going to fall apart because I probe into so called errors. In my experience I will discover that (1) I don’t understand the passage in question, either due to translation difficulties or cultural differences or my own inadequacy or (2) I don’t really understand what I think I know about the scripture I think this passage conflicts with or (3) it’s a mystery of God that I have to accept, like there is one God and He is three. Or like the lamb was slain before the foundation of the world, yet He died during the Roman occupation of Jerusalem.
If i responded to a snarky comment, i dont know which one. I went back through the ping list and I don’t see that. There are lots of such in this thread, but I don’t see where I responded to one. Frankly, I hate those posts in religious threads.
I hope I haven’t offended you somehow. If I have I assure you it was unintentional. I am very serious about my walk with God and about Bible study. I respect and honor any Christian who is genuinely pursuing truth. Even those I disagree with.
IIRC I entered this discussion because Cynicalbear had posted a transliteration of the Colossians verse in post 72. He said the order of the words indicates Paul does NOT say that his suffering makes up for Jesus not suffering enough. I asked him to explain that, being I am not literate in Greek. I want to make sure I get a good understanding of this for other discussions. I explained I have read many discourses on this passage and have never found a satisfactory exegesis on it.
I have said my peace, and I will pray for you.