In my opinion, they didn't take it out of context, at all. They were, simply, showing how that Abraham's faith produced righteous thoughts, actions, reactions, and speech.1. They took it out of context, didn't know the Jewish meaning of them and used a poor Greek translation instead of the Hebrew.
And the LORD appeared unto [Isaac], and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
And what's your issue with the Septuagint?
As to inaccurate, we need not look any further than what's written in the "Old Testament" accounts to determine if what you say is true, or not. Fortunately, these accounts are combined into one book, with our "New Testament" accounts.2. They are innacurate, flawed and of limited use.
As to their being of limited use, you're entitled to your opinion. I guess much depends on what you study primarily.
I noticed...after the fact. My mistake.3. Genesis 22 was include in in my comment.
Show me where Paul contradicts, and I'll show you where we misunderstand Paul's writings.4. Because it is true. Most don;t even read the Bible for inspired illumination. They simply accept Paul's opinion as truth, even when it contradicts Jesus or the Hebrew Scriptures.
Neither was I trained. My studies have been strictly a solo mission, since the beginning of my studies and with only a few years exception. Therefore, I agree, that our English translations have errors. But, I don't depend solely on our English translations, either. I know better than that.5. Since I wasn't trained to acept the English Bible as perfect, I can read it without prejudice. It is full of errors, contradictions and lies. Jesus didn't write the Bible.
Apology accepted. Thank you.6. My apologies if you took that as directed at you. My point is that allegedly Paul's opinion is always right because he is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus, anyone inspired by the Holy Spirit has just as perfect an opinion.
And that's only if you believe that every believer is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit as the authors of the bible were. I, personally, do not believe such a thing. I believe such a belief derives from the believer's unwavering trust and confidence in the English translators and their translations. I know that many don't recognize the discrepancy in putting such faith in these men.
I know that you know that I have to disagree with you.IMHO Paul was no different than anyone else and his opinions are no more valid than Muhammad's. Both were men with an agenda and claimed to be speaking for God.
Again, many people, especially believers, grossly misunderstand Paul's writings, which atheists and skeptics take advantage of constantly. And even with this being the case, I find it rare for anyone to even consider reconsidering and examining what they've been taught regarding Paul's writings. Instead, pride and/or fear overcomes reason and logic. Pride for those that can't fathom the mere possibility that they might be mistaken, or deceived, and fear for those that can't fathom change. Even now, I've asked two questions, repeatedly, that still haven't been answered.
"Fear what?" Based on Philippians 2:12.
And "In James' statement, what differentiates devils and you?" Based on James 2:19.
Until next time...