I’m sad that many of my Christian friends and foes today offer nothing more than a liberal, knee-jerk reaction when they hear, “You should read what the Bible says instead of listening to what you’ve been told your whole life about what the Bible says.”
One of the most common reactions I’ll get to this 7-part series is, “So, you’re saying Jesus tells us to hate everybody?” and “So, you’re saying Jesus tells us to hate sinners?”
The Left doesn’t have to do much to make people believe the Bible says things it never says because Christians do that job for them.
It’s Not in the Bible
My reaction when I hear, “The Bible doesn’t say what you think it says” is, Really? Let me see. Wow, let me study. Wait, oh no. Wow. I am SO sorry I had that wrong. I never want to mis-represent the Word of God.
My reaction isn’t to attack to person challenging me on my reading of the Bible. I may find him wrong and then I will do my utmost to show him his error. But it’s not my first reaction. Because I want to be accountable to God for understanding and spreading His Word properly.
Lately, For Jayne and Me, “Literal” is Becoming a Big Thing
I’ve always believed we should take the Bible literally. My first reaction was never to spiritualize away passages as having some deeper meaning than what the words simply say.
Lately, Jayne and I have been convicted more than ever to read the Word literally, use basic Bible tools such as concordances, and apply Literal Grammatical-Historical hermeneutical principles to what it says. The clear Words of Scripture often belie man’s belief of what it says.
A Secondary General Hermeneutic I’ve Stumbled Upon: “If Most Christians Say It, It’s Probably Wrong”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
It’s not in the Bible.
Let’s look at one verse that is – Psalm 5:5, David’s prayer to God:
The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.
Looking at the underlying Hebrew meanings and grammar of the words “You hate all who do iniquity” doesn’t seem to change the meaning we get from the English translation. It appears to mean what it says.
God didn’t seem to have a problem David stating to God that He hates all who do iniquity.
“So God doesn’t love everybody?” comes the chorus. Love and hate are not like Hot and Cold on thermometers. Is your god incapable of a series of emotions? My God is capable of a wide range of emotions and He describes those to us over and over in His Book.
It takes a bunch of Christians who don’t want to see what God says about something to have a problem with God. It takes a bunch of Christians who unwittingly (usually) follow Gandhi’s teachings over God’s.