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Blaming the Bible

The above cartoon by David Hayward depicts people who long to come together, but the Bible shackles them and holds them back.

I don’t think this is what happens in most cases.

We recently saw a Southern Baptist pastor, Danny Cortez, change his mind about gays and lesbians (see also Matthew Vines’ book on the topic). While some Christians have spent much of their time slandering others, some within the same traditions have collaborated with those their fellow-religionists have slandered.

My own view is that the Bible is a place where people shift blame when it is convenient to them. But since no one actually does or believes everything the Bible clearly teaches, it seems clear to me that no one lets the Bible be an impediment to them, unless they want it to be.

If you cannot embrace a fellow human being, don’t blame the Bible. You have only yourself to blame.

  • BrotherRog

    Well put! See also “16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible”
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/2014/01/16-ways-progressive-christians-interpret-the-bible/

    • James

      That’s if there’s a such thing as a “progressive” Christian, that is.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

        Well obviously there is, and has been as long as there has been Christianity, even before that label was widely used (the label Christian, I mean).

        That there can be “conservative” Christianity is a much harder case to make, but I accept that there is such a thing.

        • joriss

          So, James, you can embrace conservative christians?

          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

            I can and I do. That doesn’t mean that I don’t disagree with them, vigorously at times.

  • JohnStefanyszyn

    The love of the baptist pastor for his son is greater than his love for Christ.

    The love of the baptist pastor for “freedom of rights / human rights” is greater than his love to serve Christ.

    And President Obama embraces and recognizes this “first love” for FREEDOM…for he said in Jerusalem that this FREEDOM is the LIGHT of man and the ‘will” of the “common god”….he placed this “freedom” above the One Truth of the Creator.

    And this FREEDOM also dictates that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship ANY ‘god’ as justified by man for his own desires.

    BUT the Lord Jesus Christ, The Anointed Son of the One Creator, said that we are to worship Only the One Creator in Truth and Him Alone to serve in obedience and love….love in Truth for Him First and Foremost and love for , and to do GOOD to, the fellowman.

    Soon, very soon, The One King Jesus Christ will return to rule the earth in power according to the Will of the One Who Gives Existence to all that Exists and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom” to do what is right in his own eyes, to serve, exalt, and magnify oneself (XES).

    …and man will weep and clench his teeth in anger when “his freedom” will be no more.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      One could have raised the same objection to Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan. The priest was avoiding potential corpse impurity. One could have insisted that Jesus was elevating love for neighbor above love for God. If you wish to reject Jesus’ teaching, you are free to do so, but you sound as though you think you are following him by articulating the views of his opponents, which is strange.


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