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The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin

They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school. They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.

They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words.

This is no longer a matter of personal or private faith. With politicians, social leaders and even some clergy invoking a book they seem to have never read and whose phrases they don’t understand, America is being besieged by Biblical illiteracy. Climate change is said to be impossible because of promises God made to Noah; Mosaic law from the Old Testament directs American government; creationism should be taught in schools; helping Syrians resist chemical weapons attacks is a sign of the end times—all of these arguments have been advanced by modern evangelical politicians and their brethren, yet none of them are supported in the Scriptures as they were originally written...

The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin


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Dec. 31st, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am very sad to see you posting that article found in Newsweek.

Dec. 31st, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Bible
Sorry for that, and thank-you for the response piece: I tend to scrapbook anything having to do with religious controversies taking place in the United States (well, the reasonably intelligent portions at any rate); it's not a phenomenon which really takes place up here in the North.

The author of the Times piece does seem to me to tilt in an Aryan direction, and understates (and perhaps doesn't understand) the spiritual malaise at the heart of the Gnostic sects. I'd also tend to disagree with his statements vis-à-vis the Biblical support for the Mystery of the Trinity, for that matter.
Dec. 31st, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
the mystery of the Trinity
thanks for the comments-the best way to understand the Bible is to read it praying for the Lord to us the Truth-peace
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