“You can use the Bible to prove anything you want!”
Have you ever heard that one? I bet you have. It is one of the most common criticisms of the Bible from non-believers, and sadly from a fair number of Christians too. The real question is, are they right?
As I see it, the answer is both yes and no.
It would be “yes” for anybody who doesn’t care about giving an accurate representation of the Bible. If all a person wants to do is find something that backs up their position and they just quote the first thing they come across because it sounds like it’s backing them up then that criticism is right. If you are ever tempted to do this, you might want to be careful; how embarrassing it would be if it turned out you were quoting SATAN! (I saw that once)
Context can be really frustrating when you are looking for something to prove a point and you bother to pay attention to it. Frequently you might find that the Bible teaches the other guy’s position.
Obviously, that brings us to the “no” part of the answer. No, you cannot get the Bible to provide you with proof for just any old thing you want if you are going to be accurate about it. Sadly, many don’t seem to care.
I wonder how much damage people have done to the Gospel by playing fast and loose with the Bible. Here’s a different example:
Everybody has their own interpretation of the Bible.
I think this one is worse than the first, probably because there is a lot of truth in it. When you stop and think about it, this one is almost as destructive as saying that everybody can find their own way to Heaven.
Like the guy who runs the place has nothing to say about it!? Are you serious?
If we Christians really believe that the Bible is God’s revelation to mankind, then it seems to me that maybe we had best take it seriously. Maybe we should put effort into knowing what we are talking about, and maybe we shouldn’t agree with such ridiculous statements just because everybody else goes along.
Just a thought. 🙂