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CNN’s Religion Blog Has a Post Worth Reading

On Sunday’s CNN usually has a new post on their religion blog, and to be honest with you, most of it is junk.  The topics they usually have on their question the content of Scripture, the true meaning of the Christian life, or they are posts liberal scholars who enjoy bashing those who cling to the truth.

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This Sunday was a surprising change.  The post is called Stop Sugar Coating the Bible.  The author gives a raw and honest view about the content in Scripture, and the characters who are in it.  Typically, we look at them highly and rarely think about some the bad things they had done.  Also, the original language of the Bible often contains very vulger discriptions.  The reason why the author says is:

God’s message was not meant to be run through some arbitrary, holier-than-thou politeness filter. He intended the Bible to speak to people where they’re at, caught up in the stark reality of life on a fractured planet.

God was honest with us in the Bible to show us how much this world needs Jesus.  You have Noah who got drunk, Moses killed a man, David stole man’s wife then killed him to cover it up, and Paul who held others coats so they could stone a man to death.  The world needs Jesus because it is falling apart, and the only thing that can heal it is Jesus.

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.  Isaiah 53:5 NLT

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We need to remember this world is messed up, and will not be made whole until Jesus returns.  We need to honest about the content in the Bible, and to see how we need a Savior.

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.  1 Corinthains 10:11 ESV

The purpose of the Bible is to show us our need for a Savior, and how He can change our lives.

We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives.

Check out the orignal post here: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/25/my-take-stop-sugarcoating-the-bible/

-Joe away from home

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2 comments on “CNN’s Religion Blog Has a Post Worth Reading

  1. cdubbs727
    February 26, 2012

    I recently picked up Rob Bells “Love Wins,” even though I knew I disagreed with much of it (I have a policy that I must read something before I can debate it). And sure enough, I disagree with it, and think Francis Chan’s “Erasing Hell” is a wonderful counter argument.

    Why I bring this up is because what struck me over and again as I read “Love Wins” is that Bell is uncomfortable with hell. He doesn’t like that it offends people, he doesn’t like that it scares people or that it might not sit well with them. And rather than work through the offense and ask the hard questions, he comes up with an alternative that says we don’t need to worry or be offended, because everyone will live happily ever after.

    But he forgets that the Bible must be offensive. You can’t preach the Gospel and not get into trouble, as Derek Webb said. It calls our sin as it is and examines the price of it very realistically. This world, as you said, is a mess, and you can’t have the good news of the Gospel without the very hard truth of the ugliness of humanity and our world.

    Great thoughts!

    • Joe G.
      February 26, 2012

      I haven’t read Bell’s book yet, but I think I have heard enough to not be impressed. I am kind of the same way when it comes to a criticize it in an open forum. I think that is a good attitude to have. Thanks for your thoughts and insights.

      -Joebeef

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