There was an old saying, or English proverb, that was in common use long ago. Not so much today! Basically, it meant: “You can’t have it both ways.” Doesn’t that seem to be a common factor in most issues today?
Having things both ways!?!?
KJV(i) 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it too” is an English proverb that is used to remind someone that they have to make a decision and that decision is going to result in something negative. No matter which option someone chooses, they’re going to miss out on the other. This might mean losing access to one’s “cake” or enjoying the flavor of it.
You can’t have it both ways!
From the article above:
Beijing long has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from China. The U.S., meanwhile, maintains a “one China” policy of strategic ambiguity regarding Taiwan. Washington “acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China” while maintaining unofficial relations with Taipei.
America maintains a “One China Policy” but at the same time has said it stands by Taiwan’s independent democratic status. Isn’t this trying “To have your cake and eat it too.”?
How can it be both ways?
KJV(i) 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools. 10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
And Nancy was babbling on about Ben Franklin’s presidency during her Taiwan visit!
In another article titled, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too“, it gave a rather interesting example. From the article:
Example: Josh was offered a promotion at his job, but if he accepts it, he would have to work on Saturdays. He liked spending Saturdays with his friends, so what would he do?
Josh wants the best of both worlds; he wants to take the offer so he can earn more money, but he also wants the time he spends with his friends to remain unchanged. So his brother told him: “Josh, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You have to make a choice: Do you want to spend Saturdays at work or with your friends?” In other words, his brother was telling him “you can’t have it both ways.”
Saturday is called “The Jewish sabbath” but Sunday is called “The Christian sabbath”. Is there a different sabbath for Jews and Christians? Jesus said: “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:27-28)
Surely it can’t be both ways!
Who’s having their cake and eating it too?
KJV(i) 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
What is least and great in the Kingdom of Heaven?
It hasn’t come yet!
Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near.