What bothers you about the Bible?

Sometimes we get this idea that we’re not supposed to have problems with the Bible. Maybe it’s because we think we’re not being loyal to the word of God or maybe because we don’t want our fellow believers to think less of us for doing so.

I think concealing your problems with our Scriptures isn’t a good thing. You can’t really move past your issue if you’re not willing to be open about it, and there’s always the chance that someone will feel more comfortable in church knowing they’re not the only one who has questions.

With that said, what bothers you about the Bible?

A couple of my own: In the Law, a child could face capital punishment for dishonoring his or her father and mother. Also, if a Hebrew slave got married during his tenure of service, he would not be allowed to bring his wife, given to him by his master, with him once his tenure is over.

(Yes, we’re no longer under the Law because now we’re under grace, but that doesn’t change the fact that these commands were included in it to begin with. I’d also add that this is the same Law that was pointing to Christ before his arrival.)

I hope other people will join in to the discussion. Also, if you have helpful resources that people can use, please list them.

And … discuss.

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3 thoughts on “What bothers you about the Bible?

  1. Matthew Lilley May 8, 2009 / 6:50 am

    I just got done reading Joshua. It bothers me how many people God told the Israelites to slaughter. It’s easy to just write it off as justice, but to actually think about thousands of people on a field getting sliced to death with crude swords is pretty disheartening.

    Read Judges 1:6 today, and it kind of bothered me – “Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.”

    That was a bit harsh, huh?

  2. Justin May 8, 2009 / 7:41 am

    Yeah Joshua is a tough read. I take some comfort in that God was willing to save Canaanites if they were willing (e.g., Rahab the prostitute), but that’s one life against several others who were killed.

  3. Sherry May 8, 2009 / 8:40 pm

    I am bothered by Lot. He is willing to give up his daughters to the men of the city. I don’t know why this bothers me more than Abram being willing to sacrafice Isaac, but it does. Then it bothers me a little later, the daughters get Lot drunk so he will get them pregnant. I just don’t like this story and it is hard to let my kids just read the Bible with stories like this in it.

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