America probably has more vehicles than any other country in the world plastered with words exhorting folk to embrace Christianity or face eternal hellfire.
But Virginian Tom Hicks believes the same tactic can effectively be used to emphasise the hateful contents of the Bible, as the picture above shows.
Hicks, from Chesterfield said he painted the message on the tailgate of his truck about five years ago. The verse is drawn from the First Corinthians, and reads “Women shall be silent and submissive.”
Along with the verse, Hicks painted on three crosses, the fish symbol and the expression “Read The Bible.”
The reason I put this particular message on, I want people to read the Bible.
Hicks says that, as an atheist, he is literally driving drive home the message that the Bible itself is offensive.
It’s a hateful, hateful piece of work which Christians try to turn around and they talk about love.
Pastor Joey Anthony, of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, said:
As you look at that, you can definitely see it is completely taken out of context. Especially when you think about what the Bible says.
Jesus really did raise women to a level – where as in that culture they were seen as second class citizens – but Jesus loves all people and he raised women up to a different level, really.
There is violence in the Bible, Anthony acknowledged, but there is also love.
The very person who wrote that passage of scripture in Corinthians, also wrote in Ephesians that husbands are to love their wives just as Christ loved the church, which is an unconditional love, and it’s a sacrificial love.
Hicks said he’s never thought about taking the scripture verse off his tailgate, but he has considered highlighting different verses.
But he also said one of the most common responses, is other drivers flipping him off.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that fewer than one in four Americans (24 percent) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26 percent who view it as:
A book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.