Thomas Paine expressed it well… I too have a bad opinion of the Bible. Nice to know I am in such good company.
Paul, who wrote many of his New Testament epistles while imprisoned, would probably have admired Thomas Paine, who also wrote while being in prison for just over 10 months.
During his imprisonment, Paine embarked on his third influential work, The Age of Reason (London and Boston, 1794-95). A deist manifesto to the core, Paine acknowledged his debt to Newton and declared that nature was the only form of divine revelation, for God had clearly established a uniform, immutable and eternal order throughout creation.
Paine rejected Christianity, denied that the Bible was the revealed word of God, condemned many of the Old Testament stories as immoral and claimed that the Gospels were marred by discrepancies.
And now, in the words of Thomas Paine, an opinion of the Bible.
You form your opinion of God from the account given of him in the Bible; and I form my opinion of the Bible from the wisdom and goodness of God manifested in the structure of the universe, and in all works of Creation.
The result in these two cases will be, that you, by taking the Bible for your standard, will have a bad opinion of God; and I, by taking God for my standard, shall have a bad opinion of the Bible.
Two young black men were murdered by police officers in one week.
Soon after, an angry young black man killed and wounded police officers in Dallas, during a peaceful march by the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
On the news today, one angry white man said the fact that the protesters participating in the march turned toward the police for help after they heard gunshots, made them hypocrites.
I think it’s time for a little common sense to prevail.
I support teachers.
I do not support teachers who abuse, molest, or bully their students. When these “bad apple” teachers are discovered, they are removed from their positions and prosecuted. Meanwhile, parents continue to send their students to school.
Does that make parents hypocrites?
Does the fact that you are disgusted by “bad apple” teachers, yet continue to send your children to school make you a hypocrite?
I support police officers.
However, I do not support prejudiced, cowardly officers who shoot first and ask questions later. I do not support murderers regardless of what color their clothes are, or what “club” they belong to. They need to be removed from their positions and prosecuted. Meanwhile, I still look to officers for protection.
Does that make me a hypocrite?
Of course not.
PS: I support teaching critical thinking skills so the average person can understand the difference.