If you are like me, there are some passages of scripture that cause you problems. In most cases with me, it means that what the Scripture says does not line up with what I currently believe or practice. When that happens to me it is a jarring experience, the technical term for it is cognitive dissonance. That is when a message that comes our way is counter to our settled world view. When that happens we have three choices:
- Change our world view or behavior
- Discredit the message
- Discredit the messenger
Look at the options. If we do not choose the first, we are either discrediting the Bible or God. As we are working through this life, engaging in leading our families through the minefields that life throws at us, it would seem to me that choosing any other option but the first is dangerous both to us and our families.