You May Be Reading the Bible Wrong

Scholar Pete Enns says the Bible itself shows a better way



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The Fear of God and Wisdom

You set a dangerous course when you leave out the fear of God on wisdom. Wisdom is tied directly to fear of the Lord. The offer of wisdom is held out only to those who fear the Lord. Coming to wisdom requires coming to God, and coming to God means turning away from all that God hates. In the context of our special GC on sexuality, that would be sexual perversion. The Bible, our instruction manual on how to live a life pleasing to God, tells us to seek the wisdom of God.

Proverbs 8:1-21

1 Doesn’t Wisdom call out?
Doesn’t Understanding make her voice heard?
2 At the heights overlooking the road,
at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
3 Beside the gates at the entry to[a] the city,
at the main entrance, she cries out:
4 “People, I call out to you;
my cry is to mankind.
5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced;
develop common sense, you who are foolish.
6 Listen, for I speak of noble things,
and what my lips say is right.
7 For my mouth tells the truth,
and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;
none of them are deceptive or perverse.
9 All of them are clear to the perceptive,
and right to those who discover knowledge.
10 Accept my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than pure gold.
11 For wisdom is better than jewels,
and nothing desirable can compare with it.
12 I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness
and have knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil.
I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,
and perverse speech.
14 I possess good advice and competence;
I have understanding and strength.
15 It is by me that kings reign
and rulers enact just law;
16 by me, princes lead,
as do nobles and all righteous judges.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who search for me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
lasting wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than solid gold,
and my harvest than pure silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.

Skipper more than 2 years ago

Not a Rule Book

The Bible is not a Rule Book, but it is a book full of rules. Jesus said take the straight path for the wide and easy one leads to destruction. Your choice! The Bible is an instruction manual, or road map for our lives, showing us how God would have us live, although it doesn't lay out every single thing we need to do. God gives us freedom to choose our way and be responsible for our actions, which you might say is the hard part.

Skipper more than 2 years ago