When the Bible says something I don’t like …

Do you not like what the Bible teaches about hell or homosexuality? about divorce or adultery? about self-sacrifice or social injustice?

Hear the Almighty’s challenge to Job:

Are you going to discredit my justice and condemn me so you can say you are right? Are you as strong as God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? All right then, put on your robes of state, your majesty and splendor. Give vent to your anger. Let it overflow against the proud. Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand. Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead. Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you. (Job 40:8-14 NLT)

The spirits of this age resist God’s ways. Some popular teachers ignore, distort, and explain away the Bible’s clear teaching — some of them while waving their Bibles high and proud.

Jesus, however, is the only one of us who had the privilege of declaring: “You have heard it said … but I say unto you ….” Most of us would shudder at the thought of presenting ourselves as God in the flesh, but when we presume to know better than what the Bible plainly says, we are robing ourselves with God’s majesty.

Better to join Job in his humility: “I am nothing — how could I ever find the answers? I will put my hand over my mouth in silence. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.” (vv.4-5)

When the Bible says something I don’t like, the proper response is metanoeo — allowing God to transform me by the renewing of my mind. When the Bible says something I don’t understand, the proper response is to study the Bible — allowing the Spirit to guide me into God’s truth.

The popular culture does not get to decide whether the Bible is true; Jesus proved what is true when God raised him from the dead. We don’t get to mash Scripture into the mold of our personal opinion or church tradition. We would do well to spend more time listening to God’s Word and less time hanging on every word that proceeds from the mouth of our favorite teacher.

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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