Supposed contradiction and verses:
Is it ok to curse people? Romans 12:14 says no, but 1st Corinthians 16:22 says yes. Isn’t that a contradiction?
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
1st Corinthians 16:22
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
Without a doubt, the passage in Romans teaches us not to curse people.
That’s very clear so there is no point in going on with that. So let’s look
at the verse the skeptic attempted to use as a contradiction.
Paul says that those who do not love our Lord Jesus Christ, is Anathema Maranatha. So what is that last part? The Greek word anathema means to be accursed. This is one who is to be banned or excommunicated. This is far different from a curse which can be in the form of foul language or to doom. In fact, in the Romans verse, the word curse is kataravomai, which is to curse, doom, or imprecate evil upon. Thus the direction in Corinthians is that if someone chooses not to love the Lord, we are not to have fellowship with them (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18). This does not mean we can not still be in the world and witness to them, but we are not to be of the world.
And what of Maranatha? It is Greek for “O Lord, come” or “our Lord will come”. It was common in the early church’s songs of praise and speech that repeated the promise Jesus made that He would return. Thus, when we break the verse down into English, it would read, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed, O Lord come.” Thus, anyone who does not love the Lord, will, upon His return, be eternally accursed. The verse turns out to also be a very stern warning of what happens to those who choose not to put their faith, hope, trust, and love in the only One who can save them.
There is no contradiction!
In His Grace,
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