Category Archives: Bible

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding: The Fear of Thinking in Fundamentalism

If you have ever questioned what you were taught by conservative churches, I am sure you experienced a certain amount of fear and trepidation in doing so. This fear is built into the conservative Christian culture and is constantly reinforced … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why the Harmful Doctrine of Mandatory Tithing is Wrong

Believers should be able to give as much as they want to the church and to church projects; and they should determine for themselves how much to give based on their own criteria, but telling people they are obligated to … Continue reading

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The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

The Bible is a massive collection of writings, and we must investigate and interpret each passage to understand what it says. There are two primary ways of doing this. Exegesis All genuine scholars know that study of biblical passages begins … Continue reading

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The Bible is not a Magic Talisman: Biblical Power, Incantations, and Bibliomancy

In this series, we have discussed ways the Bible is commonly misused by those who think it has functions it does not. One thing they have in common is the assumption that the Bible is a consistent, uniform document directed … Continue reading

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The Bible is not an Encyclopedia of Life: Demise of a Bible Answer Man

In fifth grade I began to read the Bible voraciously. I continued reading through high school and into college, and I knew so much about the Bible that I could answer almost any question. I was a teenage Bible Answer … Continue reading

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The Bible is not a Promise Book: Exploring a Misguided Approach to the Bible

Many people adore the Bible, and depend on it, for its role as a promise book. They feel they can claim promises in the Bible and be encouraged that certain things will happen for them just as the Bible says. … Continue reading

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The Bible is not a Rule Book: Overcoming Legalism

People believe the Bible is many things that it is not. Last time we discussed that the Bible is not inerrant; by¬†extension of that we will see today that the Bible is not a rule book. The claim that the … Continue reading

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