April 10th, 2007
Some years ago, I was travelling through the Ivory Coast en route to Guinea in West Africa. When I arrived at the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, I was carrying a range of equipment which I was going to give to friends in Guinea, including a new high-powered shortwave radio. As we were approaching the customs area, a number of people appeared and started asking us in urgent, insistent voices, “Do you have something for the officer?” It was pretty obvious that they were trying to use fear an intimidation to inspire us to pay a bribe in order to get us through customs without hassles. I said in a loud voice, “We’re Australians. We don’t give bribes.”
Paul’s First Letter to Timothy — Chapter 2
2:1 First of all, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for everyone. 2:2 Pray for kings and everyone who holds important positions, so that we can lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. 2:3 This is good and acceptable to God our Saviour, 2:4 who wants everyone to be saved and come to know the truth. 2:5 There is one God, and one mediator between God and humans, the man Christ Jesus, 2:6 who gave himself as a ransom on behalf of everyone. He was the message whose time had come, 2:7 and I was chosen as a messenger and an apostle — I am telling the truth; I am not lying — a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
2:8 I want men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and dispute. 2:9 Similarly, women should wear decent clothing, dressing themselves with modesty and propriety, not with braided hair, gold, pearls or expensive clothing, 2:10 but with good works, as is proper for women who claim to serve God. 2:11 A woman should learn quietly with deference. 2:12 I do not allow a woman to teach or to control a man. Women should remain silent, 2:13 because Adam was created first, then Eve. 2:14 Adam was not deceived. It was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner, 2:15 but she will be saved through giving birth to children, provided that the women remain faithful, loving and holy, with self-control.
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