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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.


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