There can be a way which seems right to a person, but its end are the ways of death. Prov 16:25
This is a pretty simple verse right? As far as I know, this verse has never been a point of contention for any denomination in Christendom. It’s one of those few verses that you could apply to just about anything and it would fit because the principle is the same – a warning that even though we THINK we’re right about something, we could be wrong. I have seen this commonly applied to many religions outside of Christendom. This application fits and so I’m not disputing it. However, I have a slightly different take on this based on a couple of bible verses. I’ll take you through my thought process so that you can better understand…
There can be a WAY which seems right to a person…
The word “way” stuck out to me.
“way” – a path, a road, the way you live your life, your walk or journey
This reminded me of the following verse:
Yeshua said, “I AM the Way – and the Truth and the Life;…” John 14:6
Following Yeshua is definitely the path or road you want to be on if you want Life. Any other path leads to death. Fine – we all get that. But here’s where it gets interesting…
The following verse seems to narrow it down for us. It points to the intended meaning, I believe, of the verse by giving us its opposite. While many religions could accurately be applied to this verse, I believe Yeshua is speaking about something specific. Here’s the verse:
He has even made us competent to be workers serving a New Covenant, the essence of which is not a written text but the Spirit. For the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corin 3:6
He’s speaking of the New Covenant which is Spirit contrasted with the “written text” (Old Covenant) which brings death because the Old Covenant lacks the Holy Spirit. (Life). Following the letter of the Law devoid of trusting Yeshua and having the Holy Spirit is death. Rabbinic Judaism would fit into this category as they deny Yeshua and the New Covenant. (New Testament)
So there’s my take on it. Nothing earth-shattering; just wanted to share a little tidbit of something that I found interesting.