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[Small Print] Terms & Conditions In The Bible

Posted by Lex Fear on February 28, 2006

“…there are well known verses of the bible that continuously repeated, often for justification for some of the most horrendous acts of injustice and oppression.”

I once took out a graduate loan from HSBC Bank. I was offered the loan insurance with it, and it was sold to me as part of the loan. Later, I got hold of some information on loan insurance offered by banks and found out that not only do you have a choice about taking it, they charge a much higher premium than an insurance company would offer, and it doesn’t even cover you for the whole term of the loan.

I felt cheated, so I decided to take a trip to HSBC and ask them to remove the insurance. Unfortunately it turned out that I was outside the 14 day ‘change your mind’ period. I protested that I had not used the insurance and I did not need it or want it, but it was no good. See, it was all there in the Terms & Conditions.

How many times do we sign up for things without reading the Ts & Cs? Anyone with an email address right now has at least done it once. Everyday there are forms to sign and transactions take place which need our signature or authorisation and we give it without a second thought. But when it matters most, that’s where you’ll find the small print that will either confirm your position or dismiss it.

But it’s not just financial contracts that we find Ts & Cs, I find that this all relates to scriptures too. Just like the big bold advertisements displaying lowest ‘interest rate ever’, ‘flexible account’ and ‘best value for money’, there are well known verses of the bible that continuously repeated, often for justification for some of the most horrendous acts of injustice and oppression.

That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some examples of verses often ‘advertised’ (taken out of context) and the ‘Ts & Cs’ which are often overlooked:

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22-24 NIV
Small Print:
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church, for we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:25-33 NIV

“You children must always obey your parents, for this is what pleases the Lord.” Collossians 3:20 NLT
Small Print:
“Fathers, don’t aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying.” Collossians 3:21 NLT

More to follow…


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