There used to be a video store near us that rented movies with objectionable parts removed so the whole family could watch them. I remember thinking, “What a time saver – you can watch Pulp Fiction in 5 minutes!”
In the same way, you can read the Theological Liberal Bible in about that time, and that is barely an exaggeration. Thomas Jefferson famously made his own religion with his “Jefferson Bible.” Theological Liberals just go many steps further. I’m pretty sure this post is longer than their Bible. Seriously, think about all the things they have to leave out:
Matthew 5:17–18 has to go from the Sermon on the Mount because it shows how Jesus fully supported all the Old Testament.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Then they need to delete various passages that warn not to add or remove anything from the word of God.
They must cut the 100+ passages explicitly or implicitly teaching that Jesus is the only way to salvation. You can’t have that while you’re busy teaching that all religions lead to the one true God.
They must delete the ~3,000 verses and surrounding texts that claim to directly speak for God. In their hypocrisy many will claim that God is still speaking to them – such as with the UCC slogan “God is still speaking;” – but they don’t believe the original claims made in the Bible. They treat it as a purely man-made book. Why should we believe He is speaking to them in a reliable way? Are we to believe that God has always been a 21st century far Left politician?
All the claims that the Bible is the word of God have to be cut. Psalm 119? Gone. 2 Peter 3:16? Gone. And so on.
The beginning of Genesis must go, because they worship Darwin more than God and they “know” how we really came into being.
The countless passages in the Old Testament commanding us not to worship other gods. For those of you who have actually read the Bible, you know how hard it is to go more than a couple pages without that warning or without reading about the horrible consequences of disobeying it.
The whole book of Joshua, because they think it would have been genocidal for God to clear out the promised land — even if the Canaanites had sacrificed babies and committed other atrocities for 400 years.
The messages about Adam & Eve, Sodom & Gomorrah, Noah and Jonah have to go, of course – as well as Jesus’ unapologetic commentary on them and his treatment of them as real events.
The whole Exodus passage, because they can’t believe that those miracles happened or that God would judge Pharaoh and the Egyptians. And most of the wilderness experience and the Tabernacle creation must be removed, because they don’t think God really did miracles like providing manna or gave guidance to the Israelites.
The whole book of Judges, because they think God wouldn’t really punish Israel for cycle after cycle of turning from him and worshiping false gods.
Psalm 139 is out, because it teaches how we were knit together in our mother’s wombs by God. And the same goes for all the other passages acknowledging the humanity of the unborn, such as when John the Baptist kicks in the womb of Elizabeth when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, comes to visit.
All the do not murder / do not shed innocent blood passages have to be cut to support unrestricted abortion rights.
The book of Daniel, plus all other prophetic works, because their stunning accuracy leads theological Liberals to say they must have been written after the fact. They seem to think that the proper Christian worldview is that Bible writers were big liars. After all, their god could never know the future like the God of the Bible.
Most or all of Paul’s letters, because they think he was a homophobic misogynist who could not have spoken for God. There goes nearly half the books of the New Testament plus a big chunk of Acts.
The story of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac, because they think God wouldn’t do that.
All the animal sacrifices, because PETA opposes those and God wouldn’t really command blood to be shed as payment for sins.
All the passages about God having the Northern Kingdom and then the Southern Kingdom taken into captivity for disobeying him and worshiping other gods, because the god of liberal theologians would never do that!
The beginning of the book of Acts, because it has Jesus there after a physical resurrection.
All the passages about judgment and Hell (that’s a whole bunch of the red letters, btw).
All the Gospel presentations in Acts, because they never mention how much God loves us unconditionally but they continually mention that Jesus died and rose again for our sins and that we are commanded to repent and believe.
1 Corinthians 15, because it claims that Jesus was physically resurrected.
Most of the passages about the crucifixion being God’s idea, because that would be divine child abuse.
All the claims for Jesus’ divinity.
All the claims for the virgin birth.
All Jesus’ miracles, because they “know” those couldn’t have really happened.
All the Gospel accounts of Jesus rising from the dead.
All the passages saying Jesus died for our sins.
All the passages about sinners and how humans can’t be good on their own.
All the passages about Satan and demons (there are more than you might think).
Most of the passages about human sexuality, marriage and parenting, because they view that version of God as homophobic, misogynistic and hopelessly politically incorrect.
All passages about God’s wrath.
They even have to take out Leviticus 19:18 (” . . . love your neighbor as yourself”) because they dismiss the rest of Leviticus with their flawed “God hates shrimp”argument.
Pretty much all of Revelation, and especially chapters 2-3 where Jesus addresses the faults of many churches.
And so many more! Truly, they are the original Dalmatian Theologians, claiming that the Bible is only inspired in spots and that they are inspired to spot the spots, or Advanced Dalmatian Theologians, where God is also changing spots and adding/removing spots, and, oddly enough, He is only telling theological liberals and progressives.
Leave a comment with others I missed and I’ll update the post.
So what’s left? Roughly a dozen verses, which they take out of context or just plain misinterpret. Examples:
- Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged. They don’t have time to read the next 4 verses that explain how He meant not to judge hypocritically – which, ironically, is exactly what they do when they use that verse in isolation to judge you.
- Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. They use that to oppose capital punishment, among other things, even though it is hard to turn the other cheek if you are the victim of murder and to apply it would mean you’d oppose not only capital punishment for murderers but any punishment at all.
- Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ They love mentioning the least of these to justify asking Caesar to take from neighbor A to give to neighbor B, but of course that isn’t what Jesus meant. And they ignore the other language of eternal judgment in the passage. Oh, and they are pro-legalized abortion and pro-taxpayer-funded abortion, which means they are pro-abortion. I can’t reconcile that with helping the “least of these” or with loving your neighbor.
Seriously, we have a precise, highly technical theological term for people who hold those views about the Bible: Non-Christians. Run, don’t walk, from their “churches.” Highlight their errors until your throats are raw and your fingertips are calloused. It is the loving thing to do for scores of their church members headed towards Hell.