David Hayward’s latest cartoon makes a good point. People have justified all sorts of contradictory things from the Bible – from their faith to their atheism, from their right-wing politics to their left-wing economics, from their violence against others to their pacifism.
What are the implications of recognizing this and taking it seriously? At the very least, no one should think that because their worldview is bolstered by many repetitions of the phrase “the Bible says,” that therefore the Bible either says what they think it does, or does not also somewhere say the opposite.
It is time to move our entire culture – both the justification and the rejection of religious belief – beyond the simplistic assertion of “the Bible says.”