Some inaccuracies about the Bible
In regard to [the April 13 letter to the editor] “Looked all over didn’t find it,” Mr. Whitmore made several claims that were false about the Bible. It is important to understand that, though the entire Bible is inerrant and useful for teaching and training in righteousness, much of the Old Testament is a history book and can provide examples of actions and their consequences, but is not directly applicable to today. For example, David killed the giant Goliath, but I should not apply that story to my life and throw a stone at any large man who is cursing at me. Instead, I should realize that with God’s power anything is possible.
Mr. Whitmore claims that Solomon had many wives and was favored by God. He was favored by God before he disobeyed his direct command. God had said, “The kings shall not have many wives” (Deuteronomy). In fact, his wives turned his heart away from God and after his death, his kingdom was divided. The author claims that Abraham was told by God to have a child with his servants. This is patently false; Abraham did not want to wait for God, and his wife, not God, recommended having a child with his servant. As you can imagine, this caused serious problems in his family.
It is incredibly important to truly understand what the Bible says. Many Christians over the years have held unfortunate and wrongheaded beliefs that they claimed were supported by the Bible like slavery and segregation. However, the correct response is not to throw out the Bible; instead we should truly seek what the Bible is really saying. Probably it would be good for Christians to not worry so much about our earthly government and instead focus on our heavenly kingdom.
Titus Muniz, Marbury