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July 07, 2015

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Any worldview that starts with, "the Bible writers did not know about X when they wrote ..." should be tossed in the dumpster.

Either that or you don't believe in "God breathed" inspiration of Scripture. Which begs, the question, then why are you bothered with anything the Bible says at all?

Well, the Bible writers lived in a culture where they thought the sun rotated around the earth, and wrote from that point of view. They also didn't know what stars were, and thought they could "fall" from the sky. That reflects, what was then, an accepted cosmology, but one we now know of as incorrect. So, God-breathed, but...

I disagree with kpolo's statement. Bible writers did not know what our lives would be like in the 21st century. Paul wrote to the church in his day, not to us. Most of the books of scripture were not written for people centuries later, unless you count historical books. Bible writers did not know that we would face all the pressures we face or the challenges. They did not know we would have to deal with drugs and cloning and all the ethical challenges we face today. That doesn't mean scripture is not inspired or God-breathed. What you are saying is nonsensical. That doesn't negate what the Bible teaches. Maybe you mean that the Bible does not teach about same-sex relations as we have them today. I disagree with that, and think that it does, but it still does not make your statement true.

JBerr, I agree. The modern American Evangelical church has a difficult time seeing the Biblical books in their historical context. Evangelicals/Fundamentalists tend to express things in binary terms; i.e., either/or, black/white, right/wrong. I see in Jesus's words a constant "turning on the head" of so-called religious knowledge: "You have read that...but I say to you..." I believe the point is to be guided by "Love thy neighbor," not by strict adherence to law. The Bible is still valuable, even if not all of it applies to us today in our time.

JBerr must not be familiar with I Corinthians 10:13 or Ecclesiastes 1:9

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