In the ecclesiastical tribe that raised and trained me, we are accustomed to thinking of ourselves as absolute followers of Scripture. If the Bible says the earth is about 6,000 years old (which it does), then it is, and carbon dating be hanged. Some other explanation for the C-14 ratios must be found. If the Bible says that the whole world was covered by water in Noah’s flood, then it won’t do to postulate that someone’s bathtub overflowed in Mesopotamia somewhere, and that’s all it was really talking about. If the biblical account of the Exodus doesn’t fit with our timeline of Egyptology? Crying shame those poor historians put in all that work without taking account of the most important primary source we have…. Better luck on the next attempt, guys.
We take it all, straight up the middle, no matter who says “You can’t say that!” We’re famous for it.
Except, of course, that we don’t. I have to admit, I had believed our propaganda, and it was therefore with considerable surprise that I discovered that it just wasn’t true. Not only that, but “I was quoting the Bible” turned out to be a highly inadequate defense for saying things that my community found uncomfortable. With no further ado, I present to you seven such things.
- Baptism saves you.
- Belief takes place in the heart.
- The purpose of holiness is eternal life.
- In communion, we are sharing the body and blood of Christ.
- The things that happened to the Exodus generation are all types for our benefit.
- A cheerful Christian should be singing Psalms.
- God’s children don’t sin.
See 1 Peter 3:21, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 6:22, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 10:11, James 5:13, 1 John 5:18.
Feel free to question, challenge, or discuss. The more the merrier.