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The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

By John Shelby Spong

The Bible comprises many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike might realize as appalling theology. no matter if those texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the reality of Christianity and forged doubt upon the affection of God. Now, mythical Episcopal bishop and recommend for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong addresses those passages, shattering our misconceptions and offering a brand new imaginative and prescient of the way Christians this day can use the Bible.

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If this hypothesis is true, as i think it truly is, then i need to take care of extra questions. the 1st: because the tale of Judas isn't really remembered heritage, the place did the gospel writers get the content material that they wove into the Judas narrative? the second one: What used to be occurring at the moment in background which could were the catalyst that ended in the production of the Judas tale? i discussed within the past bankruptcy that the phrases “handed over,” that have additionally been translated as “betrayed,” input the Christian tale within the writings of Paul (1 Cor.

The framers of this creed opted for the word “on the 3rd day,” which shows that one other early dispute at the timing of the resurrection have been resolved. the sooner culture, present in Mark, recommended that resurrection happened “after” 3 days (8:31, 9:31, 10:34). Echoes of this past culture also are present in Matthew’s gospel, suggesting that this was once the unique knowing of that gospel author (12:40, 27:63), earlier than the strain of creating the sunrise after the 3rd day coincide with the 1st day of the week compelled an lodging into the timeline of the narratives.

Has now not this definition been the very factor that has produced the non secular mentality that has perfumed prejudice, violated humans actually via the hundreds of thousands and created an idol out of the scriptures that even in our a little bit enlightened iteration continues to be allowed in a few circles to masquerade as though it have been the ultimate inerrant authority? it really is relatively transparent to me that it's the assumption that the Bible is in any feel the “Word of God” that has given upward thrust to what i've got known as within the identify of this publication “the sins of scripture.

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Later, in John’s gospel, that id was once more desirable while Jesus used to be quoted as asserting, “Destroy this temple, and in 3 days i'm going to elevate it up” (John 2:19). The listeners didn't comprehend, says the gospel author, simply because he used to be touching on the temple of his personal physique. So the deed was once performed. to outlive in a adversarial atmosphere, the Christians courted the want of the gentile Roman govt, portray Pilate sensitively and definitely whereas they helped shift the blame for Jerusalem’s destruction onto the laps of the orthodox professionals.

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