Archives For Strange Parts of the Bible, misc.

There are lots of parts in the Bible I don’t like.  And I’m not talking about sins I’d like to commit that the Bible tells me not to, that’s a different conversation.  I’m talking parts of the Bible that make me cringe.  Parts that don’t make sense to my 21st century American mind.  Parts that feel like they don’t fit with my idea of who God is supposed to be.

Most of us, if we’re honest, feel the same way about various parts of the Bible.  Here’s the number one thing we cannot do:  We cannot dismiss or alter parts of the Bible we don’t like simply because we don’t like them.

We can’t do this because the Bible is where we find out who Jesus is and how to be saved.  If we start selecting the parts we like and don’t like, where is the credibility of any of it?

Before jumping into my personal most-cringe-worthy Bible texts, two very important things to remember: Continue Reading…

What does the Bible say about tithing and money?

Does Tithing Apply to New Testament Christians?

It was a good week to skip church a couple weeks ago: the tithing sermon!  Just kidding, of course, but it can certainly feel that way can’t it?

 

Tithing (giving 10% of your income to the local church) has become a debated issue in some church circles and theological circles.  New Testament (new covenant) Christians are not under the Old Testament (old covenant) law, so can churches teach tithing based on the Old Testament commands for it? Continue Reading…

A non-Christian friend of mine was recently struggling with the amount of evil he saw in the world.  He doesn’t believe in

Michael E Wittmer

God, but he seemed to see evil everywhere and admitted to believing Satan was behind it.  I asked him to consider the implications of believing in Satan, but not in a God who can save us from him.

Another friend is into witchcraft and sorcery, where you can see some pretty freaky things.  I told him (taken from the
Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis) that Satan often tips his hand.  Satan doesn’t want us to know about him personally because if there’s personal force behind evil, there’s bound to be a personal force behind good (or at least there had better be!).

If you believe in evil, but not in good–in Satan, but not in God–you are in an unenviable spot!  I’m currently reading the book Despite Doubt by Michael E. Wittmer and he hits a home run on this subject.  This is taken from pages 57-59 of Despite Doubt; a book I highly highly highly recommend you read: (underlining mine)

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I’ve written some pretty critical views in past posts about Rob Bell’s views of the Bible, specifically as they relate to his view on homosexuality and the authority of the Bible in general:

Dos Equis Stay Thirsty Rob Bell

This has nothing to do with my blog post; found it on Google images and think pretty much anything to do with the Dos Equis guy is funny

Within the past week, I’ve been blogging about four different ways a person can view the Bible (specifically the Old Testament).  Within these four views, there definitely exists a gradual spectrum where one slowly turns in to another.  In reply to these posts, as well as out of concern for a friend of mine struggling with the way they see the Bible, someone emailed me some recent blog posts by Rob Bell that related to what I was writing about what the Bible is.

Because of how critical I’ve been of Rob, I thought it would be helpful to also pass along some helpful insights he made in these posts about the Bible, Continue Reading…

This is a continuation of Part 1 Is a Far-Fetched Story Like Noah’s Ark Enough to Dismiss Jesus? and Part 2 Fact or Fiction: Four Ways to View the Old Testament and responds to the question, “Where is the dividing line between what someone needs to believe to be saved and what they need to believe about the authority of all of Scripture?”

A fourth view, one of the middle views, and one that I do not ascribe to, looks at the Old Testament as pure mythology and/or culturally subjective history, including the historical (e.g. 1-2 Kings, etc.) and the prophetic (e.g. Isaiah, etc.) books that were written in real time.  The thought here is that the Jews needed a way to explain their history so they made one up and as things transpired around them, they recorded these things in an embellished and exaggerated way. Continue Reading…