I want to start this post by confessing something: there are sections of Scripture that would be much easier to simply erase. If God would give me a “delete” button to use on the Bible, I would be tempted to eliminate the portions that give me the most grief. Before I go any further, let me make a few things clear. (1) I believe that the WHOLE Bible is “God breathed” and our infallible source of truth in all matters of faith and life. (2) Even though there is a part of me that would like to “delete” certain verses, I am grateful to God for these passages because they stretch us to live in tension… which leads me to embracing grace and mystery in deeper ways.
UPDATE: Woodland Hills Bridge ‘podrishioner’ Site adds more to the conversation! Click on the link to hear several insightful comments including Greg Boyd! (June 27, 09)
Now that the disclaimers have been dealt with, I don’t want to hear any comments about how: “Kurt doesn’t take the Bible seriously” or “Kurt is so liberal that he is wanting to ignore the difficult parts of the Bible” et cetera.
So, as I have been reflecting, if I could press the “delete” button on parts of the Bible, I would immediately get rid of all the passages that seem to condemn homosexuality. This one issue has caused so much grief in our culture that it would be easier to not have to deal with it. I have friends that land on both sides on the issue of how we interpret these passages. But seeing how much frustration and pain that this issue brings with it, both for those who are inside the church and on the outside, part of me wishes that God would not have spoken on the issue at all. If this was the case, evangelism would be easier for the conservatives and perhaps the liberals would be willing to look at the Bible through a more trusting lens.
This post is not primarily about homosexuality. What I am interested in is hearing from you about the verse, passage, or sections of the Bible that you would “delete” if God gave you the option to do so and why. You can agree with my selection if you would like to (or critique if you must), but I also would love to hear about other passages as well.