The other day we were having some discussions, and one of my friends made the comment:
"The spirit saves, words don't," in the sense that following the spirit of the Bible, and the spirit of Christianity saves, but if we get too caught up in the exactness of the commandments and in arguing the details, we lose focus of our goal - Christ.
Some things to think about:
I also remembered that the our Youth Meeting Servant always told us that taking one verse from the Bible to support a point is a very dangerous game because often the verse is taken out of context and used to support an incorrect view. He used to always stress that when using verses to support a point, we have to always use it in context with the "spirit of the whole Bible."
During the temptation in the wilderness, Satan used verses from the Bible to tempt Jesus. Once again, they were out of context.
I think this following of the words, rather than the spirit, is what led the Pharisees astray. It led them so far astray that they were some of the most condemned, if not the most condemned, people by Christ.
What do you all think of this? How much should we focus on the words? How do we train ourself to always act in the spirit of the Bible rather than just follow individual commandments?