Friday, September 24, 2010

How to read the Bible (3)

So the Bible says that slavery is acceptable but regulated? You cannot make any sense of Scripture without taking into account the historical context.

So the Bible says that the earth is on pillars and cannot be moved? That is obviously poetic language.

So the Bible says that insects have four legs? You're an anti-Semite for even bringing that up.

So the Bible says gives God the credit for David's harem and even provides an inheritance rule for polygamous families? Just because the Bible says that polygamy happened, that doesn't mean that God approves.

So the Bible says that the Rapture was going to happen in the first century? You need to interpret that correctly.

So the Bible sets forth two creation stories that contradict both each other and modern science? Those stories are allegories that you cannot understand without a thorough knowledge of Biblical Hebrew.

So the Bible says that rape victims may be forced to marry their rapists or sometimes must even be stoned to death? That was an old ceremonial rule that was nailed to the Cross.

So the Bible says that women must remain silent in church? That was meant for a specific situation in the church back then.

So the Bible teaches faith healing? You have to remember the doctrine of cessationism.

So the Bible says that sex between men is an abomination? The Word of God is the Word of God, and it says what it says.

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