Misinterpreted Bible Passages

Approximate reading time: 7 minutes.

I'm wanting to do this one for a while—in fact, I almost did this one before the last post of this series, but decided not to swing at four softballs in a row. This post yet again deals with eschatology—a subject that, quite frankly, is a source of many batting practice fastballs for those looking for misinterpreted Bible passages. The passage is in the "triple tradition" (a passage occurring in Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21), so the wording varies slightly between each. Since it was most likely the earliest of the three, I have chosen to follow Mark in this post, though I will also make note of significant differences below:

Approximate reading time: 7.5 minutes.*If new to this series, you might want to check the introduction.*The first three installments of this series covered misinterpretations most often seen at the popular level. While today's passage is indeed commonly misinterpreted at the popular level, it is surprisingly very often misconstrued even at the highest levels of scholarship. The passage is found in 1 Thessalonians 5, where Paul begins to discuss the "Day of the Lord" (or "the Lord's Day"; a term denoting the eschatological "Sabbath," when Christ will return):
*If new to this series, please see the introduction.*Today we address one of the most quoted and most commonly misinterpreted passages in the Bible, a verse usually cited to mean that people shouldn't judge one another but meaning something entirely different:Matthew 7:1–2 Μὴ κρίνετε, ἵνα μὴ κριθῆτε· ἐν ᾧ γὰρ κρίματι κρίνετε κριθήσεσθε, καὶ ἐν ᾧ μέτρῳ μετρεῖτε μετρηθήσεται ὑμῖν."Do not judge, so that you will not be judged, since you will be judged in the same judgment that you make, and you will be measured by the same standard you apply."

*If new to this series, please see the introduction.*Revelation 21:21: καὶ οἱ δώδεκα πυλῶνες δώδεκα μαργαρῖται, ἀνὰ εἷς ἕκαστος τῶν πυλώνων ἦν ἐξ ἑνὸς μαργαρίτου. καὶ ἡ πλατεῖα τῆς πόλεως χρυσίον καθαρὸν ὡς ὕαλος διαυγής."And the twelve gates of the city were twelve pearls; each...

*If new to this series, please see the introduction.*Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ."You heard it was said, 'Do not commit adultery,' but I...

As mentioned previously, I am starting a new blog series that I'm calling the "Most Misinterpreted Bible Passages" series. This series will take a look at the most misinterpreted passages in the Bible—both the most often misinterpreted and the most badly misinterpreted. Before I post...