In response to this ridiculous article
1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
We have 5000+ manuscripts that have typographical errors, extra words, but not errors in the message. Reading verses in context by literary genre and keeping history in mind of who the book was written to doesn’t equate to errors. People often site this because something was written in Habakkuk that is contradicting something in Song of Solomon or something similar. It’s like reading the owners manual for my oven then trying to cook a hot pocket in the dryer.
2. We just believe the Bible.
John Owen said it best “If the scripture has more than one meaning it has no meaning at all”. The scriptures have one meaning, we get it wrong, but the Bible itself isn’t wrong. Denominations spring up out of peoples self interest and personal/political agendas as church history has shown us. God’s word has stayed the same despite that.
3. Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Keep in mind that Jesus said this and quite often.
Jesus, the Only Way: 100 Verses
4. The rapture of Jesus is imminent.
Imminent means quick or swift (ταχινός tachinos; late form of 5036; swift:—imminent(1), swift(1).)
It doesn’t mean Jesus is coming back soon, because nobody knows that (Matthew 24:36).
5. Homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle and it is a sin against God.
Let’s read the rest of 1 Corinthians 6:9
Seems like the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the greedy, the drunkards, revilers and swindlers (sorry Han Solo) are all chosen lifestyles too and considered sinful. Look to point #3 to get clean from all that.
By the way, chastity is also a chosen lifestyle (and a sin if you are Married).
6. The earth is less than 10,000 years old.
For one thing, the Bible doesn’t tell us how old the earth is. Science tells us how old the earth is, but science keeps getting things wrong and they have to keep updating “facts” based on new data discovered. Scientists also used to think the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. Genesis is meant to narrate the creation chronology to a specific group of people about the one true God rather than the multiple Egyptian gods they were used to hearing about. Look at the 10 plagues to see how God debunked all the Egyptian Gods. Why not have Bible classes as an elective? Bible classes used to be required, much like “the religion of naturalism” is today.
As for the founding fathers, it breaks down like this. Of the 55 founding fathers only 3 were deists, 93% were Christians and 70% were Calvinists (considered the most extreme and dogmatic forms of Christianity).
Their beliefs? (from Faith of Our Fathers)
- Virtually all those involved in the founding enterprise were God-fearing men in the Christian sense; most were Calvinistic Protestants.
- The Founders were deeply influenced by a biblical view of man and government. With a sober understanding of the fallenness of man, they devised a system of limited authority and checks and balances.
- The Founders understood that fear of God, moral leadership, and a righteous citizenry were necessary for their great experiment to succeed.
- Therefore, they structured a political climate that was encouraging to Christianity and accommodating to religion, rather than hostile to it.
- Protestant Christianity was the prevailing religious view for the first 150 years of our history.
Finally, I find it very intolerant for this person to choose by faith rather than evidence that the Bible is full of errors, that Jesus isn’t the only way to heaven and we only need to love one another no matter what they do. Of course that’s just his interpretation…
I can understand if you are saving a seat for your spouse, or visiting family members. Other than that, are we still in elementary school? It’s like saying, I really don’t want to get to know anyone new. I have my friends and I want to keep it that way. What’s worse is when someone else asks the same question as you are walking away and they say, “No, go head and sit down”. Ouch…
I really don’t know what else to say, except, I’ll save you a seat in heaven, if I see you there.