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Otherwise

The English word "otherwise" originated from a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon words meaning other ways that are other than wise. In the Holy Bible, most "otherwise" people are described as hypocrites and heathens - for which "otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven."

"6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." (Matthew 6:1-7 KJV)

"Otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven"

The Messiah's very-often misunderstood parables of "no man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old" (because, upon washing, the new cloth will shrink slightly, as the old cloth has already done - which may tear or deform where they are joined) and "new wine must be put into new bottles" (old leather bottles, that have already stretched as much as they can from the fermentation that was already done in them, cannot withstand the fermentation pressure of new wine) refers to how the old carnal self (the "otherwise" of the parables) does not permit spiritual growth i.e. the old way of living prevents Growing In The Grace And Knowledge.

The Holy Scriptures

"5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.

5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved." (Luke 5:36-38 KJV)

Being "otherwise minded" is an imperfection (see Perfecting Your Perfection) that is contrary to God's Wisdom.

"3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind; listen also to our Sermon The Cure For Controversy]" (Philippians 3:15 KJV)

The apostle Paul described the carnal way of "otherwise" in detail, beginning with "proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings."

"6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words [see Striving For Strife], whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:3-6 KJV)

"Otherwise" people often mock those who do their honest best to live by the Word of God. Paul responded to such accusations with an object of how God's Wisdom only seems foolish to those who truly are fools i.e. "Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me."

"11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.

Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, I speak foolishly, I am bold also. 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not." (2 Corinthians 11:16:31 KJV)

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