‘Do you believe in the Bible?’
When fidelity to a particular interpretation of the Bible is of paramount importance, we have a problem.
When organisations promote a particular ideology with a veneer of ‘answering to a higher call’, or ‘rising from mediocrity’ and people defend those ideas and the organisation to death, we have a cult.
Don’t get me wrong.
You want to strive for better things? Go for it!
You want to live a life that is more pleasing to God? Godspeed and more power to you!
In my attempts to point out the various factual errors found in the Jonathan Park Audio Adventure series, I was asked the following by various people (and if they didn’t outright ask it I have my suspicions they thought it):
Do you believe in the Bible?
What they really mean when they ask that is Do I read and interpret the Bible the same way they do.
What, I ask, does that question have anything to do with factual errors in the programs?
Oh, it matters a great deal, they assure me. Either I believe what the Bible says, or I don’t.
Does the Bible have anything to say about the height of Ayers Rock? I keep coming back to this, because no one seems to acknowledge this blatant error. It’s all about whether or not I ‘believe in the Bible’, a criteria, by the way, that was never required by Jesus to be His disciple.
This is worse than the Twilight Zone.