Monday, December 21, 2009

The Bible is NOT the Sole Basis for Christian Faith

Ridiculous Comment:
"...the Bible is a Christian's sole basis for belief and if it is flawed, so is the basis for your faith."

Snarky Response:
I would disagree that the bible is the Christian's sole basis for belief.

1. the Church is centuries older than the bible (sure most, but not all, of the texts are older than the Christian movement/s, but the collection of documents into one sacred book happened hundreds of years after Jesus).

2. anytime any single person/thing is the "sole basis" of one’s faith, isn't that person/thing an idol, and isn't idolatry frowned on in the 10 commandments?

3. Can i really not trust my thoughts and experiences until looking up a passage in an ancient book to validate them?

4. NO ONE really takes the bible in its entirety as literal, relevant truth for our lives...if we did, we'd sell our possessions and give all the money to the poor (Mark 10.21), men would not have these discussions with women (1 Timothy 2.12), we'd practice polygamy, we'd keep kosher and men would all be circumcised, we'd believe the entire world was created in a week and we'd go crazy trying to reconcile the very contradictory creation accounts of Gen 1 and 2.

Everyone knows that the bible is flawed as an accurate account of history, morals, and/or science...the difference is that some are willing to admit they know it, and others are not.

Rev. Durrell Watkins, MA, MDiv, DMin

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