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Cute. I hope poignant. But I also hope a helpful analogy illustrating the relationship between the two.
The Lasting Supper
What a beautiful and gentle cartoon! Yet… what a truth!
So many churches do just what you are saying ‘tune out half … and take the other half with a grain of salt’. How a church prioritizes the scriptures, and then determines which scriptures ‘govern’ and/or dominate their conduct is key to their relationship with the Bible, and also with each other as fellow believers.
I think that this picture sums up the situation in a wonderful way.
As I have pointed out, conservative Evangelicals (but not liberals) are those who can be accused of “picking and choosing” in an irrational way.
Since the Bible (considered as a whole) is hopelessly contradictory, an Evangelical is always going to have to (unwittingly) choose which texts to interpret properly and which texts he has to distort .
I don’t believe that <a href="books within the Bible are more inspired than books outside the Canon and think that God can use both in the same way to bring about good fruits.
I would be thankful if someone could give me links towards sermons or articles going in the same (sinful) direction.
As I pointed out in my comment above, I don’t think it is possible to take the whole Bible seriously, owing to its self-contradictory nature.
The question one should ask should be rather: How are we to take Jesus seriously?
Lovely greetings from Europe