I got really excited when I discovered that Tim Minchin has two albums on Spotify. So on the way to work this morning, I was completely grooving to The Good Book when I had a few thoughts.
I am probably not the first person to ever have these thoughts, but it was the first time I’ve ever had them – an epiphany if you will.
You may recall that I used to be among those who counted the Bible as infallible and the complete word of God.
This is a common belief among evangelicals. And when you question things like Paul declaring women should be silent (1 Cor 14:34) or many of the laws written in the Old Testament the answer you’re often given is that “Those laws were written for a different time period.”
And at one time, I accepted that. It made sense to me that since women were treated as property in those times when the Bible was written that rules, laws, commandments, etc. would reflect such things.
But it occurred to me today that according to the beliefs of those who spout such things, society was created by God. The all-knowing, all-powerful God who knew that society would one day be the way it is now.
So why would that God create a society and give rules to live by that would one day change, yet still expect His followers to follow “his” writings? Stay with me here.
If God created society and the rules written in the Bible, why didn’t He create them the way they’re supposed to be instead of allowing rape, slavery, murder, and oppression?
On the other hand, if you’re pushing God’s rules to fit into societal standards – isn’t that essentially an admission that God didn’t create the world and how people live?
This all sounded much better in my head, but hopefully you see the point I’m trying to make.
No matter which way you take it, it doesn’t make sense. And both point out the flaws of this “all powerful God” that is worshipped.