Blog author: jballor
Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Having trouble understanding the Bible? Can’t seem to reconcile what you just “know” to be true with the plain meaning of Scripture?

Why not take Episcopalian Bishop Spong’s hermeneutical approach? According to a column in the Detroit News, Bishop Spong, author of The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love, says you can feel free to downplay or ignore difficult passages.

“Much as I wanted to think otherwise,” he says, “…sometimes (the Bible’s) texts are terrible. It was not a comfortable insight, but it grew into a crusade to lift the Bible above its own destructiveness and to force the Christian church to face its own terrifying history that so often has been justified by quotations from ‘the Scriptures.'”

Also, Bishop Spong thinks the apostle Paul was a “deeply repressed, self-loathing” man.

It’s funny how this hermeneutical approach tends to reduce the Bible to just three words, “God is love.” And with no context to determine the interpretation of that verse fragment, the reader is free to define what “love” is for himself. Thinking that you need to go on “a crusade to life the Bible above its own destructiveness” might just be the most arrogant thing I have ever heard.

  • My guess is that Bishop Spong’s “insight” noted above was spawned by an even more uncomfortable insight – that his teachings simply could not be reconciled to the Word of God. What to do? Better to throw the Bible overboard than to face up to the fact that Scripture does not exist to make us comfortable with our sin.

    A rebuttal to Spong can be found [url=]here[/url].