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THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My 95 Thesis - Point 7 - Magic 8 Ball

Here's my 7th Point in My 95 Theses.

Does the Bible give clear answers on all issues?

There is a tendency in Christian circles to try to find answers to every question in the pages of Scripture. We often cut and paste snippets from here and there and string them together into a proof for whatever point we need to make. It is amazingly easy to do, see my Washing Hands post.

I've heard Bible based arguments for Yes and No sides the following issues:
  • Gambling
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Dancing
  • Mixed gender swimming
  • Females wearing pants
  • Playing cards
  • Females without head coverings in church
  • Females in leadership roles at church
  • Symbols like Christmas trees used in church
  • Use of drums in church
  • Use of musical instruments in church
  • Going to movie theaters
  • Listening to secular music
  • Birth control
  • Polygamy
  • Participating in Halloween
  • Participating in armed conflict
  • Being protestant
  • Being catholic
  • Being ______
And the Bible has been used to support:
  • Slavery
  • Crusades
  • Inquisitions
  • Apartheid
  • Hitler's actions against Jews
  • Condemning interracial marriage
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Many harmful cults
It can be dangerous to assume the Bible is the source for answers on all issues.

Also look at all the divisions in Christ's body that have been created and maintained from this approach to Scripture.

So what are we to do?

If we have a question and we don't know if something is right or wrong, what is the source of truth?

Is the Bible the source of all truth?

Or does the Bible direct us to the seek God who is the source of all truth? (and we are to test the message against what Scripture teaches us about God, and with other wise members the body of Christ we share life with.)

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