Moody’s Bible Institute and the Roman Catholic Church are silent in similar ways. Why would this be?
Let’s start with Moody’s. It prides itself on taking the Bible literally. Conservative students, faculty and supporters think they know what this means and have no tolerance for taking liberties. Yet, during its recent faculty cuts, some literalists were cut and some who take liberties remained. When conservative elements demanded to know why this happened the Administration remained silent.
Now the Catholics. Recently in China two Bishops who had been appointed by the Pope were removed and replaced with two selected by the Chinese government. There was an agreement reached that the Church would not be allowed to name Bishops without approval of the government. The doctrine of church leaders that supposedly came down from Christ naming Peter now seems almost humorous. Also there is ambiguity from the Pope about the standing of gays and the German church.
Conservative Catholics are asking why this has happened. Why aren’t the rules being followed to the letter? For the most part, there has been no explanation.
The leadership of Moodys and Catholics each see a fork in the road. They take neither direction. This is because of the inability to defend either side. Neither side can defeat the opposing one.
This all starts with an ambiguous Bible. It provides ammunition for and against theologies of many kinds.
Moodys and Catholicism share this ambiguous Bible. They both deal with it by saying nothing.