Does seem to be all. Whilst we know that the people will be saved in the end, does not mean they are correct at the moment: so test all things to make sure if they are right.
While everything is pure, the use of those things may not be as the user will not have good motivation or purpose in mind: indeed the wrong usage is not from the item but the user.
Biblical and everyday seems to be covered by this line of thought.
Looking at the context and to the preceding verse referring to “not despising prophesyings” and to the emphasis on prophesies in I Thessalonians, the “all things” may be about examining or proving all prophecies, of which some, or even many, could be false. However, it would be prudent to exercise critical thinking in all aspects of life.
“All” would, in this sense, mean all in the category being discussed. But it could have application to other subjects also.
Titus 1:15,16 "All things are pure to those who are pure. But to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure, but their minds and their consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny Him, since they are detestable, disobedient and unfit for any good deed. "
All does seem to mean all. This looks at the broader spectrum of life.
I was thinking about something the apostle Paul said in the book of Thessalonians.
It goes like this - Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good.
Now for a question to think about,
What did he mean by 'all' things? Was he just talking about Biblical things, or did he mean everything in our daily lives?
Now for another question,
Does the word - all - mean everything?
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