It’s been a while since I’ve posted on either blog. I was, however, inspired today by reading this article. It seems that whenever a newspaper does a “Is he really Christian” article, the author does a very poor job using biblical verses.  They are used out of context and often do not use the correct interpretation.

One of my English professors set it best: When you were in high school, teachers told you that there are no wrong answers in interpretation. This statement has done a disservice to all students.  It’s one thing to say that Romeo & Juliet is a love story.  It’s quite another to say it’s an instruction manual to build an IKEA bookcase.  The same thing goes for the Bible.  While it can be argued that bible verses can be interpreted in many ways, there are such things as mainstream interpretations.

What I hope to do in the the series “Why do Christians…” is to share a few of these interpretations.  For example:

  • Why do Christians…hate abortion but love the death penalty?
  • Why do Christians…hate government subsidies to the poor?
  • Why do Christians…pick and choose which verses to follow “to the letter”?
  • Why do Christians…usually vote Republican?

I’m hoping to have the first article ready by the beginning of September.  The series will start with the first item.

I would like to encourage other questions.  Feel free to post them in the comments below.

 

2 Responses to New Series: Why do Christians…

  1. Fuller Ming, Jr. says:

    Mike,
    Good “Why do Christians…..” series idea. I may not have time for all of them, but I will try to take a look at your site every once in a while.

    By the way… you are on the email list at the University of Maryland for the Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship. Would you like me to update your email address? What is your new email address? Just send it to me via email.