What we can learn from, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”

19 Jan

2014_12_26_Cover_600 x 800On December 23, Newsweek magazine gave a gift to Christians in an article entitled, “The Bible:  So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.

The author claims that the article is not about bashing the Bible or Christians, but its tone (let alone biased viewpoints) tells another story.  I don’t have time or energy to write a rebuttal.  Although later this week, I will post one for my readers.  Here are my initial thoughts.

What form of current Christianity is the author describing?

The author describes over and over again how different groups of Christians believed differently in the times of the early church; however, he assumes all Christians today believe the same.  He uses two terms “Fundamentalists” and “Evangelical” which he does not clearly define (Nor are they defined clearly in today’s world.)  For example, the author states that “The gold standard of English Bibles is the King James Version, completed in 1611, but that was not a translation of the original Greek.”  While I know there are people who hold to this belief, they are a smaller subset of Christians.

Why would I write about such an article?  Because I believe that it is important for Christians to get out of their often secluded worlds, and know what mainstream society believe and feel about their faith.  As I worked my way through the article (Warning:  It was laborious.), there were a few points that I believe that Christianity needs to acknowledge.

1.  God alone is the Judge.

While I didn’t care for much of the article, here is a passage worth repeating.  “God doesn’t need the help of fundamentalists in determining what should be done in the afterlife with the prideful, the greedy, the debaters or even those homosexuals. Which could well be why Jesus cautioned his followers against judging others while ignoring their own sins. In fact, he had a specific word for people obsessed with the sins of others. He called them hypocrites.”  As Christians, we are not called to shake our fingers and look down our noses at others in desperate hope to forget about our own shortcomings.  The New Testament is filled with warnings against judging others.  This author’s sentence made me cringe because I think it holds some truth.  He states he wanted to, “to shine a light on a book that has been abused by people who claim to revere it but don’t read it, in the process creating misery for others.”  His words contain a message that the Church needs to hear.

2.  Know the Bible.

The author writes, “If Christians truly want to treat the New Testament as the foundation of the religion, they have to know it.”  While his definition of “know” it, might be different than mine, Christians should know and study the book that they claim to follow.  His words contain a message that the Church needs to hear.

I hope that the article inspires you to read and know the Bible.

 

photoDr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to encourage emerging adults and their parents.  He is thankful for many mentors in his life who inspired a deep passion to know and understand the Bible.

 

 

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