Fencing Around the Gospel
In order to avoid breaking the laws of God (and even the laws of man) we all put additional restrictions on parts of our lives. As long as we, as Christians, recognise the difference between our own restrictions and what the Bible says, these restrictions are a good thing. When we muddle up what we say and what the Bible says, we commit a sin that dates all the way back to Eden.
It says so in the Bible!
“It is wrong for Christians to drink/be in a same-sex relationship/get divorced/use Facebook/drive a Prius/issue du jour—it says so in the Bible!” I hear that kind of statement a lot, often from street preachers in Belfast. There are roughly 800,000 words in the Bible. That’s about eight typical novels. So I normally respond with a […]
My Favourite Translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
My favourite translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is from The Message. Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, […]
My Least Favourite Translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
I think my least favourite translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is the New King James translation: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit […]
Why I’m Not Going to See Ender’s Game
A few years ago I read the novel Ender’s Game. It is a good, if somewhat odd, book about a child soldier in the year 2070. There is a movie based on the book, which is currently on general release in the UK. I’m not going to see the movie. Why? Because Orson Scott Card, the […]
Same-Sex Relationships: 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy Revisited
My paper on 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy was discussed on a Facebook group recently. One of the contributors made some interesting points about it, and I want to address them here. I have read your article, and if I could sum up your thesis in one sentence, it would be, “1 Cor. 6:9-10 is […]