Should I Be More Politically Correct?

Sometimes, I have a hard time showing respect for other people’s views. That is, I can’t be politically correct.  One place I struggle to be political correct is when someone says, “In my religion, those people are an abomination. They are sinners. I’m a Christian and the Bible gives me no choice on this.”

The Bible has been used so many times as a mask for prejudice it’s easy not to take it seriously.   Let’s start with race.  A Southern Governor used to keep Bible verses in his desk and show hand them to people to prove he was right about segregation. 

The Bible was used to “prove” that Jews were inferior.  It has been, and continues to be, used to “prove” that women are inferior.

It was used to “prove” that the earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth. There are so many reasons in the Bible to justify killing people that one writer penned, “You can kill just about anyone for just about any reason, and still go to heaven.”

I’ve heard Bible commentators say, “Just because some Christians were wrong in the past does not mean we are wrong today.”   That is like saying court testimony from a known liar may not always be a lie. 

It would be easier to be politically correct if the Bible had not been wrong so many times.

4 Responses

  1. Kevin Urdahl

    I’m surprised these issues are so insurmountable to a person that believes that the Bible was written by humans, and is therefore constrained by the historical biases and misperceptions of the authors during the time they were written. Personally, I believe God gives us a discerning mind, and when we read the Bible we are asked to use that discerning mind. The Bible is not the only way God speaks to us. For example, God speaks to us through the study of creation – or science. And what we learn about the world around us must be used to discern the truth about a Bible passage, and what we can learn about God today in light of this new information. The same can be said for advances in society regarding the growing societal awareness about injustice prejudice and bias towards individuals, and groups of individuals, that were prevalent during the times that the Bible was written.

    1. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Kevin. Reading the Bible with a discerning mind is what one wishes everyone would do. It seems to me the only place believers and nonbelievers come into disagreement is when religious views are pushed into the realm of government. Millions of Christians believe the two spheres should be kept separate and have joined Freethinkers in this effort. You are correct that it is difficult, perhaps “insurmountable”, for someone like me to believe that there is a god speaking to us in the events you mention. I have no objection to folks believing that it is so, especially when they read the Bible through discerning eyes as you do.

    2. Can’t – shouldn’t – a person approach any piece of literature with a discerning mind? If that’s the case, what makes the Bible different from any other text, religious or secular?

      1. Sea–I think Kevin is saying I should read the Bible with the discernment to determine which parts are true and which are just literature. It seems like discernment might also be reading it with the possibility all of it is just literature–maybe nothing in it really happened.

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