I was a regular reader of the blog ‘The Evangelical Liberal‘, written by a chap called Harvey, although he hasn’t published much for a while. Anyway, I have found that I agree with much of what he writes; in fact, I find that he often actually puts down on [virtual] paper the exact same things I am thinking, but I have to admit that he expresses them much better than I do!
Fairly recently, Harvey has published a series on the Bible and the way we read and interpret it.
You know I prefer to do things that I see Father doing (John 5:19). I believe that in this day, God would have us read and believe the Bible through the ‘lens’ of His Spirit; this is as it always should have been. And I believe that of all the ‘Great Deceptions’ that people claim will happen, none is greater than the rubbish that is spouted by many people who call themselves Christians (and I am no judge of that) but abuse the Bible terribly, corrupting its message to others. Fair enough, they can believe what they want, but to impose those beliefs on others too, usually for monetary profit….think televangelists, and you will know the sorts of people I am talking about.
And, after pulling the Bible apart, as it were, do we find that the Bible is still useful? Is it true that if one part of the Bible is wrong, you might as well throw it out or use it as a doorstop?
In this series, then, which is reblogged here with his permission (thanks bro!), Harvey examines, in a number of articles, the ways in which we look at the Bible. Please do listen to the Spirit as you read this blog. And if you hear Him speak, as always, do not harden your heart.
Rethinking the Bible – an intelligent introduction to the series
Bible posts Round-Up – where he provides links to articles he has written before on various Bible issues
The Bible – The Good Book, or a very bad book? – a “…look at the worst stuff in the Bible and the terrible uses Scripture has sometimes been put to”
Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God? – A fascinating article on a fascinating subject
Is the Bible inerrant? – This is the real crux. Is the bible ever wrong?
The Bible – truly perfect and perfectly true? – Ideas on perfection
The Bible – a question of interpretation? – Making sense of it all
Sola scriptura – is the Bible really all we need? – Is the Bible alone sufficient?
What does the Bible really say about inerrancy? – An epilogue giving an analysis of the ‘inerrancy’ proof-texts