Hello I was wondering if this was only in my select group of friends, or if it was a common denominator among other Christian groups of friends? There are certain scriptures that people tend to overlook- or worse yet, pretend they don't exist. Somewhere along the way, it seems Christians have lost focus on several truths of scripture. Is there some reason for this? Does anyone have any insight? I know that no Christian is perfect, and that the only perfect person was Jesus- but isn't there at least some degree of attempting to be Christ like? Recently, in interacting with several circles of online friends (which I have other non-Internet Christian friends and that is a different issue), but whether they are online or not- I notice a lot of Christians, nae those who claim to bear HIS Name, doing things which contradict scripture. The following ones are some that stand out, and was wondering what anyone's thoughts were. Is this the new "normal" because we are facing the end times, if this is the new "normal" to overlook The Word of God- then we are in dangerous territory. Here are the verses: # 1- Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.- Ephesians 4:31 # 2- To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.- Titus 3:2 # 3- Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.- Ephesians 4:21 We are called, as Christians to be examples to others. So what kind of an example is being set if you are bitter, hateful, spread malice and content with others? What kind of a witness is that to a non-Christian? It isn't. And I see way too many people who claim to be Christians that act opposite of that- is it my imagination or is this getting worse? The other thing I see is flat out denial of scripture. A common one in my mind is Matthew 6:15, which states that if we do not forgive others, then God will not forgive us. I have been told on several occasions that this was irrelevant, because it was "before Jesus died". So in essence is this to mean that we no longer have to forgive anyone? I think not. Anyway, that sums up what I have been seeing lately and I wondered if I was alone, I welcome any thoughts & discussion- it would be much appreciated.