With Easter approaching and the Astroturf groundswell for same-sex marriage at its apex, I thought I’d put in a plug for the Bible, whose integrity and timeless principles are under increasing assault in our culture.
In fact, what sparked this column was a warning by a nationally prominent Republican to his party that it ought not go “Old Testament” and oppose same-sex marriage.
I don’t want to turn this column into a rant about same-sex marriage, but I cite this example to illustrate a common tendency to bifurcate the Old Testament and the New Testament and to paint Jesus Christ as a figure of unqualified, open-armed tolerance and non-judgmentalism.
The more one studies the Bible with an open heart and a receptive mind the more he realizes it is a fully integrated and divinely inspired work.
First, let’s dispense with the myth that one’s belief in or rejection of the Bible is a matter of intelligence, as opposed to his worldview, heart and attitude. There are millions of brilliant believers throughout the world.
Let’s also recognize that Christian “faith” does not require us to suspend our rational faculties or ignore evidence. To the contrary, our faith is based on an abundance of credible, compelling evidence. Yes, faith is absolutely indispensible to Christianity, but it is wholly compatible with our God-given critical capacities...
It’s bad enough that some people are caving to cultural pressure to dismantle traditional values, but could we please not throw the Bible overboard in this frantic stampede to be loved by the culture?
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