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What does spotted look like?
Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
What practically does spotted look like? And what does unspotted look like?
It is a good question. That word is used only about 4 or 5 times throughout the new testament, once it is used in  reference to the lamb of God, Jesus, who was without spot and blemish, a saying very common from the old testament laws and rituals of cleansing, of acceptable and unacceptable sacrifices and so on.  Another verse it is used in is saying we must follow the command without spot... it seems to indicate the keeping of ones purity, or innocence. Being in an evil world but not being influenced by it. 

In a practical sense, using the verse you quoted we can see that the attitude and actions of a believer would be to care for those who perhaps could never offer anything in return, the widows, the orphans etc, something that the system of worldliness is not keen on. Generally people are out for what they can get but that attitude should not influence us. We should not allow it to rub off on the coats of righteousness bought for us by Christ, the white garments washed in the precious blood of the lamb  so to speak. I remember the words of Jesus to that rich young ruler who asked how he might have eternal life, in answering Jesus speaks of the perfection ( completeness) of His Father who was always giving to those who could never repay. 

Without spot, would indicate clean and pure, but un-spotted by the world, brings about that feeling of don't let it rub off on you, be it sin of action, attitude or thought, let us be moved only by the Lord, not the world.

I am sure there is a lot deeper responses on the way from those who are better scholars, but this sums up my understanding of what you asked about Smile
A quick look on E-sword and the ESV says it this way - 

Jas 1:27  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. 

Albert Barnes says this - 
And to keep himself unspotted from the world - Compare the Rom_12:2 note; Jam_4:4 note; 1Jo_2:15-17 note. That is, religion will keep us from the maxims, vices, and corruptions which prevail in the world, and make us holy. These two things may, in fact, be said to constitute religion. If a man is truly benevolent, he bears the image of that God who is the fountain of benevolence; if he is pure and uncontaminated in his walk and deportment, he also resembles his Maker, for he is holy. If he has not these things, he cannot have any well-founded evidence that he is a Christian; for it is always the nature and tendency of religion to produce these things. It is, therefore, an easy matter for a man to determine whether he has any religion; and equally easy to see that religion is eminently desirable. Who can doubt that that is good which leads to compassion for the poor and the helpless, and which makes the heart and the life pure?

The 3 references he gives are worth checking out, I agree it means like Jen said "pure" or holy Smile
Are there any more examples of the 'unspotted' in the literature?


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