Permission Granted …
This is the ongoing idea behind this website: you have “permission” to think about these things for yourself.
I have chosen some hot topics and offer my take on them (in progress).
The content is not at all intended to be exhaustive, merely points to get you thinking.
If there is an issue you would like to see included, please drop me a line!
What does the Bible say about:
- Who God is in the Bible
- Women as Mothers
- Women as Leaders
- Women as Wives
- Is God Male? (and if so, what does that mean for me??)
- Pre-marital sex
- Heroes (what makes them heroic to begin with?)
Miscellaneous Topics of Interest:
- What’s the deal with “head coverings”? (~ or ~ why women wear hats to church and men do not)
- I cannot question anything about the Bible because then it becomes a “slippery slope” to losing my faith.
- An article on overvaluing virginity, Huffington Post (7/24/12).
- How the Bible is misused in defense of Amendment One, Huffington Post (5/10/12)
- If the Bible is the Word of God, why is there so much murder, violence, raping, etc. in it?
- When I see a passage that seems unfair to us today, I simply trust that God knows best and His ways are higher than mine. Who am I to challenge God’s will?
Who God is in the Bible
This is one of my favorite topics to discuss in terms of the Bible, simply because it has such mixed content.
Many Christians have a tendency to see some of the passages in the Old Testament (also a bit more respectfully called the “Hebrew Bible”) where God is engaged in violent actions, or is said to endorse them, and respond by saying, “Well, that is the God of the Old Testament who is not the same as the God-of-love in the New Testament.” While there may be some validity to this generalization, I think we all need to keep two things in mind on this issue:
1) God in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible is also depicted as loving and kind, forgiving and compassionate.
2) A Christian cannot have the Jesus of the New Testament and many of the theological beliefs associated with him without having the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, as well. So, even if one wishes to dismiss the negative depictions of God in one Testament this will not hold water in the end. You cannot say that the God of the New Testament “cancels out” the one in the first testament. If you think that it is not the same God talked about throughout the Christian Bible then you do not have an authentic form of Christianity.
In addition, there were plenty of people that we know of over the centuries who made the same claim about there being two different Gods being talked about in the two Testaments. Interestingly enough, they were all denounced as heretics by some group of people within the Church. Marcion even made some edits to this end in the 2nd century, cutting out any references in the New Testament scriptures to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible passages.
There is one more thing that is often a bit shocking for people in the Church to hear or to contemplate on this topic, but I encourage you to consider it. If, indeed, human words cannot fully capture or describe who God is and, more to the point, since we know that humans did the writing of the biblical texts, then perhaps we should be open to the idea that the way God is depicted in either Testament might not accurately reflect who God is.
In other words, when God is depicted as angry, fickle, rash (wiping everyone from the face of the planet except Noah and his family does sound a bit like a five-year-old reacting, eh?), or some other less-than-mature behavior, people of faith do not need to bend over backwards to defend this character trait.
And you might want to think about how it affects the way you relate to this God when you choose to believe that these behaviors are okay from the Creator of the Universe.
Women as Mothers
Women as Leaders
Women as Wives
Is God Male? (and if so, what does that mean for me??)
Heroes (what makes them heroic to begin with?)
What’s the deal with “head coverings”?
Challenging/questioning the Bible becomes a “slippery slope” to losing my faith.
If the Bible is the Word of God, why is there so much murder, violence, raping, etc. in it?
God knows best … who am I to challenge God’s will?