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A Time to Speak

DSC01506Some of us have been around long enough to see that the Bible we treasure has been used to multiply the pain of racial minorities, women, the poor, the mentally ill, the divorced, abused, addicted, unemployed, and prisoners.

This past week I attended an event that showcased the stories of people who have repeatedly heard the Bible used to tell them they are going to hell, even if they believe in Jesus.

The event was, in my opinion, courageous, painful, messy, controversial, and heartbreaking.

What came out so clearly in the personal stories told is how many of these persons, young and old, are convinced that they did not choose their path.  They told of childhood suicidal fears of being found out, personal loss, a desire to change, prayers to change and their desire to be counted among those who love Jesus because of what he has done for them.

DSC00577-5_SnapseedI came away more convinced of what we all know–that Jesus had far more issues with self-righteous followers of Moses than he did with anyone who saw their need for him.

Unfortunately, we can’t change a history of misusing the Bible to unintentionally drive hurting people into hellish silence and torment. But with God’s help we can stop being the kind of people who are once again, unwittingly using the Bible to do to others what we would never want done to ourselves—or to anyone we love.

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99 Responses to “A Time to Speak”

  1. BruceC says:

    Very good Mart. I will comment later; but for now I would just say that just about anything can be misused and in doing so cause harm. Both intentionality and unintentionally. The Bible is no exception to this. The Word comes with responsibility.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

  • SFDBWV says:

    The Bible is the Word of God, the Word of God is a two edged sword (Ephesians 6:17) and in the prophesy of Revelation we see Jesus with a sharp two edged sword coming out of His mouth (Revelation 1:16).

    No one with a tender and forgiving heart wants to hurt other people or see them hurting or suffering. In their suffering we can see torment and have compassion for them.

    The same can be said of a serial killer or child molester, that they commit their crimes because of pain or torment in their souls, but that doesn’t make their crimes ok nor does the Word of God say that they are not given forgiveness from God if they repent of their sins and ask for it.

    It is written that the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

    I for one am not going to beat up people for trying to live a holy and righteous life. I know as do they that they can’t, but I also know that they should do the best they can relying on their acceptance of Jesus to cover their errors along the way.

    John the Baptist told Herod of his sin of taking his brothers wife, it cost him his life.

    We did a subject some time back titled “The Toxic Truth”. Sometimes the truth is just that, painful and difficult to hear, but never the less still the truth.

    If we use Scripture to expose sin, we should also use Scripture to expose the pathway to forgiveness and the rebirth of a new spirit. It should be used in balance and for the benefit of any we quote it to.

    The point of the OT Law was to expose the sin that none of us escape from, the purpose of the NT message is that there is forgiveness through Jesus of Nazareth for *all* who ask for it.