Bible belittling bishops should know better
Once you grant the main premise of the Bible—-about the surpassing significance of Christ and his salvation—-then all the various parts of the Bible make sense. Because of Christ, the ceremonial law is repealed. Because of Christ, the church is no longer a nation-state imposing civil penalties. It all falls into place. However, if you reject the idea of Christ as Son of God and Savior, then, of course, the Bible is at best a mishmash containing some inspiration and wisdom, but most of it would have to be rejected as foolish or erroneous.
So where does this leave us? There are only two possibilities. If Christ is God, then this way of reading the Bible makes sense. The other possibility is that you reject Christianity’s basic thesis—-you don’t believe Jesus is the resurrected Son of God—-and then the Bible is no sure guide for you about much of anything. But you can’t say in fairness that Christians are being inconsistent with their beliefs to follow the moral statements in the Old Testament while not practicing the other ones.
In order to get to their desired end points - so far, compulsory ordination and hiring of transsexuals and setting up gay marriage ceremonies - the bishops of the Episcopal Church basically concede the arguments of people who haven’t read or understood the Christian Bible. Instead of teaching the Gospel and defending it, they throw it away to please their pals in the LGBTQi club.
Sorry we bored you, bishops. Sorry our congregations weren’t cool enough for you. Sorry we can’t fly you to enough conferences in enough cool places to make our souls worth anything to you.
Enjoy the wine and cheese, or whatever it is your owners declare permissible snacking.
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