1 Timothy 4
"In the latter times" people won't get married or eat meat.
What should we eat?
Is marriage a good thing?
What the Bible says about vegetarians
(4:1) "In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
(4:3) "Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats."
(4:4) "Every creature of God is good [to eat], and nothing to be refused."
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be
received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a
good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of
good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto
(4:7) "Refuse ... old wives' fables."|
What about old husbands' fables? Old Bible fables?
(4:8) "Bodily exercise profiteth little."
For bodily exercise profiteth
little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of
the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in
the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
(4:10) "The living God, who is The Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe."|
"The living God" is the saviour of "all men" -- especially (but not exclusively) of those that believe. So even nonbelievers
will be saved.
Does hell exist?
These things command and teach.
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in
word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.||
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy,
with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.||
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy
profiting may appear to all.||
(4:16) "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both save thyself."|
What you must do to be saved.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.