Some in­ac­cu­ra­cies about the Bi­ble

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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