I Only Believe About Half of What the Bible Says


Okay, but seriously, don’t we act like it sometimes? Or, more specifically, aren’t we all guilty at some point of cherry-picking out-of-context bits of Scripture just to support our personal preferences, then treating them like timeless truths?

Case in point:

A husband demands his wife wait on him hand and foot on the basis of Ephesians 5:22, which clearly states “Wives, submit to your husbands.” He ignores the next bit, though, beginning in verse 25 which commands husbands to “love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

Another one:

Two parents, whose daughter moved off to college, are aghast to discover that she’s gotten a tattoo. They order her to move home under their watchful and protective eye, disappointed that they’d raise a heathen. The Bible clearly says in Leviticus 19:28 “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves.” Somehow, though, dear old clean-shaven Dad (who loves a rare steak) must’ve missed the previous verses, which say just as clearly that God’s children “shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it” nor “round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard”. Hm.

And one more for good measure:

The local church, in a well-meaning attempt to fight back the tide of immorality in their hometown, takes to the street-corners to protest against gays in the military. God’s holy word, after all, clearly deems homosexuality “wicked” in 1 Corinthians 6:9:

“The wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders.”

In their zeal, though, they must have stopped reading before verse 10, which lumps in the “greedy”, “slanderers”, “drunkards”, and “swindlers” with the rest of the wicked people.

My point is this: ALL of God’s word is perfect. Even the parts that a) give liberty to people who do things different than you and b) condemn your bad habits as sinful.

No joke.



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