It is blasphemy for me to even say the words, “Biblical Do Over”. But yes we are in need of just that. There is nothing wrong with our current adaptations of the Christian Bible. I think the Bible is just fine. If it is not broken then why a do over?
What is broken is our interpretations. There are hundreds of Biblical interpretations as well as tens of thousands of Christian denominations and all with their distinct handling of certain scriptures.
History is littered with proof of interpretations gone bad. We have examples of people with bad intentions using good scriptures to commit bad deeds. Fueled by need to gather social, political, and/or financial influence and/or gain, these people use scripture to collect what they desire. Sometimes these people go unchallenged. How can you compete with, “The Bible says”?
In American history we have seen examples of social injustice committed with the disclaimer, “The Bible Says”. Lives have been and are disrupted and families have been/are even split in half based on whatsome thought “The Bible Says”.
Like a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae of social injustice, “the Bible says” has been used to justify the slavery of black people, the almost annihilation of Native Americans, the murder of Mormons, the oppression of women, and now the oppression of LGBT people.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we no longer have to wonder what the Bible really says?
“How Gerald, how”, you ask?
“Simple”, I say.
A new edition of the Bible from the desk of God or better yet the audio book with Jesus narrating will end all of the confusion and all the manipulating of scripture to harm others. We can finally know what the authors of Genesis, Leviticus, Romans, or what ever passages that have been used to oppress others really meant.
Until then, we have what we have. We have hundreds of versions of the Bibles and thousands of Christian denominations. And we have this:
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Am I unrealistic to think that if we seek love and if we follow God’s perfection that we will be to busy seeking and following to harm others with our personal interpretations of scriptures?
Gerald is a Husband, Father, Ordained Minister, Social Worker, Educator, Social Commentator, Social Activist, LGBT Ally and all around Renaissance Man