This and That 07-14-12

Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’ – I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” Most often I hear, “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what you want to believe from the Bible?”  I don’t expect everyone to understand that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological adviser) before leveling the charge of inconsistency. – Tim Keller

Atheist Calls Out Pastor on Gays Can Go to Heaven Comments – An atheist has called out a Christian pastor for ignoring Bible passages condemning homosexuality to argue that gays can go to heaven.  “If Christians support that (putting LGBT individuals on equal footing), that’s great, but it’s going to happen in spite of what the Bible says, not because of it,” said Hemant Mehta, also known as the Friendly Atheist, in a recent blog post. – Christian Post

No Whining Zone – If you have a computer with an internet connection you have probably already heard the news. A pastor in Arizona will soon begin serving six months in jail, and paying his $12,000 fine. For what? Well, based on the slander many Christians are spreading, his crime is holding Bible studies. But what he is actually charged with is he violated local zoning laws. Now I would love to report that this latest outrage has caused the Christian community to rise up against the wicked Ahab-ian notion that the state has a right to tell you how you may use your property, but that just isn’t the case.  Zoning laws are wicked, intrusive, and a principial denial of property ownership. But too often Christians also find them rather convenient.


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