In the Dads Teach the Bible meeting this morning we looked briefly at what the Bible says about itself. In preparation for an “exhaustive” study of the Bible on the Bible I created a word document that has every verse I could find on the Bible in the Bible in three columns; original text, English translation, column for notes. The document is 589 pages without any of my notes. What others say about the Bible means may be interesting, but it is the Bible that is inspired. If it says something is wrong – say for instance homosexuality – no manner of verbal gymnastics, logic, protests, or loud, angry voices can change the marks that were put on the page. It just is.
The problem is exacerbated when those in the Church mirror the attitudes of the culture. Rather than take a stand on what the Bible says and face the vitriol of the world; it is much easier to put a “tolerance” or “coexist” bumper sticker on the car and try to blend in. Problem is that is not the assignment.