This is the second part of my YouTube series entitled “A Defense of Living Biblically”. In this next part I take on an statement by Rachel Oates that is a very common attack by atheists and sadly even some Christians asserting that we cannot really follow the Bible. These attacks have even been used in some television shows over the years including the new television series “Living Biblically”. This video is also available as an mp3 audio download in my audio section here.
After watching this video I suggest reading these articles that I have previously written on methods for properly interpreting the Bible:
How to Correctly Interpret the Bible
What is the distinction between the Moral, Ceremonial and Civil laws of the Old Testament?
What are the Moral Laws of God in the Old Testament?
Also on the controversial topic of slavery that I covered in this video please see the article below that I previously wrote on that subject:
Why Christians Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of Slavery In The Bible
In my first episode I talked about the attributes of the Bible. In this episode I discuss 8 important rules for interpreting the Bible.
If I had a dime for every person who writes me accusing me of “cherry picking” what verses I like from the Bible while leaving those out that I don’t like I would be a wealthy man. The attacks are usually more centered on the use of the Old Testament than on the New Testament.
I hear attacks like this all the time:
“You Christians say the Bible says adult women have to obey to their fathers and husbands but your Bible says you have to stone your children for disobeying and stone women for adultery too. Do you do all those things as well?”
“You Christians say the Bible says the care of the home and the children falls on the woman but it also says you can’t eat shell fish too. You just cherry pick what you want and leave what you don’t want to follow!”
I could go on but you get the point.
I believe in taking a very systematic approach to the Scriptures. If we do anything less than we could make the Bible say just about anything we wanted it to say. So I have spent several weeks writing a three part series on how I approach the Scriptures to help my readers understand my philosophy and methods of interpreting the Scriptures.
With that said you please read these three posts in the order they are listed. I hope this will help my readers better understand the Word of God.
Part 1 – How to correctly interpret the Bible
Part 2 – What is the distinction between the Moral, Ceremonial and Civil laws of the Old Testament?
Part 3- What are the Moral Laws of God in the Old Testament?