Cherry picking the Bible? Yes and no

There's been a little dustup recently about people supposedly "cherry picking" the Bible. Holy writ, goes the charge, is the highest authority in all matters, provided we can isolate certain verses and use them to support our predetermined positions.Neale Donald Walsch started the ruckus at the Huffington Post saying that -- surprise, surprise -- people actually do this! In fairness, he invoked another loaded metaphor, the buffet.Thomas Whitley responded for the Associated Baptist Press, … [Read more...]

How not to read the Bible

How Not to Read the Bible

"All scripture is . . . profitable for teaching," according to Paul's second letter to Timothy.The apostle tells the young bishop that the scripture is useful for correction and preparation in righteousness and good works (3.15-17). But how? When we look to the story of Jacob, for instance, are we to walk away with the belief that cheating one's family, sorcery, and polygamy are acceptable behaviors?Just because something occurs in the scripture does not make it scriptural -- not in the … [Read more...]


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