Context counts

Statements from the Constitution and the Scriptures are frequently used out of context. This is a bad practice because it causes distortions that produce misunderstandings. Written statements and spoken statements should be studied in total context.
The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States is only one sentence long, but we rarely ever hear it. It reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Consider the context for this amendment. When our forefathers adopted this amendment more than two centuries ago, this nation had no standing army and weapons designed for the mass destruction of human life had not been developed. It is obvious that our forefathers were primarily concerned with a way to help develop a well regulated citizen's militia to defend the nation. Today we have large military forces and no longer need a citizen's militia.
In the Bible we find these words: "Judas went out and hanged himself," "Go ye and do likewise." These words should be studied in context. We should not pick sentences or phrases from the Bible or the Constitution for the purpose of supporting some pre-conceived belief
Dale Brown