15 Aug '16, 2pm

Loving the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to be

Loving the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to be

My relationship with the Bible has been a lot like that of a daughter to her parents. I’ve been through the happy, childlike dependency stage , the one where I believed the Bible was impenetrable, the stories of Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, and Joshua and the Battle of Jericho as true and as good as my mother’s scent. Then, as a young adult, I fumbled through an angry stage , one where I realized that after Joshua “fit the battle of Jericho,” God told him to kill every man, woman, and child in the city, and that coursing through some of my favorite Bible stories were the currents of genocide, xenophobia, patriarchy, and misogyny. I began to doubt what I’d been told about the Bible’s exclusive authority, inerrancy, perspicuity, and internal consistency. Like a teenager suddenly made aware of her parents’ flaws, I screamed and hollered and slammed doors. I sunk into quie...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/bible-series#st_refDomain...

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