Blaming the Bible

Blaming the Bible May 31, 2014

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.

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