bible RSS

bible, relationships -

In this cartoon we see one scripture from which one man is inspired to express love and peace while another man is inspired to express hate and violence. ONE SCRIPTURE TWO INTERPRETATIONS Some people claim we wouldn't know how to love unless the bible told us how to. Does that mean we wouldn't know how to hate unless the bible told us how to? They might point to Paul's love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, and claim that this tells us how to love. I claim it's not a prescription but a description. It is describing what love is. It's discussing something that...

Read more

bible, christ, theology -

This is one of my most popular and controversial cartoons on the topic of scripture. Jesus says to a group of people holding their bibles, “The difference between me and you is you use scripture to determine what loves means and I use love to determine what scripture means.” This upsets some because to them Jesus IS the Bible, completely conflated and equated. They don’t realize that they are committing the unavoidable hermeneutical method of reading into the text their understanding of what it means (eisegesis). They can’t be blamed because we all do it. It can’t be helped! They...

Read more

bible, church -

How many of us associate the infamous Ephesians 4:15 verse, “Speak the truth in love”, with confrontation? Because I certainly do. It has always meant that I needed to be admonished and corrected and believe that this was because they loved me. The verse and its context say nothing like this. The passage concerns the building and nurturing of an authentic and loving community. Many use this verse as a justification to judge and others and shame them into living the way they think they should.

Read more

bible, god -

Happy #InternationalCoffeeDay I wonder what would have happened if God had had his coffee first. On a more serious note: It's important to remember that our gods are projections of our minds.  The more brutal we are, the more brutal will be our gods.  The more loving we are, the more loving will be our gods. The flood myth, popular during that age and across that region, is the creation of people who believed the only way to cleanse a wicked world and make it a better place was to kill everyone in it.  Some still believe that.  I don't.

Read more

belief, bible, politics, theology -

One Scripture Two OutcomesOne person can read the scriptures and go out and kill someone for God and another person can read the same scriptures and go out and get killed for God.

Read more