I like the Bible. That might seem like an obvious thing to say, especially in a Christian newsletter, but I believe it bears saying because, let’s face it, there’s a lot in the Bible that’s unlikable.
Original sin, for one thing, sort of bums me out. Adam and Eve had everything they could ever need or want, but they threw it away because – incredibly – they believed God was holding out on them.
Then there’s the Flood. Civilizations wiped out, thousands upon thousands of people killed, and why? Because mankind was so ruthlessly violent, God felt the need to start over. And that’s just the first six chapters.
There’s the rape of Tamar, Jacob’s little trick with his father-in-law’s sheep, the Plagues of Egypt, the lukewarm ineptitude of the Judges, the Exile to Babylon . . . the list goes on and on, right up until God Himself dies, crucified by the very people He created. But, thank God, He didn’t stop there. Continue Reading →