A Couple of Goats… (1 of 4)

I hear all kinds of people misquote, misinterpret, misuse, or just completely miss the point when it comes to the Word of God, the Bible. I normally just let these things roll off my back. A guy could spend a lifetime disseminating useful corrections and helpful suggestions to people who really aren’t interested in the truth anyway. These days I just hold my tongue until someone has a question they really want answered.

So the other day someone made a comment to me about the Bible. I don’t remember what our initial conversation was about, but I must have quoted the Bible. His response went something like this. “Well the Bible also says that a woman is worth two goats and a donkey.” Now it turns out that the Bible doesn’t say this. So no need to respond, right? Well, it did make me think about a few things and I might as well share them.

So why does a person say something like that? The reason is obvious, they want to disparage the Bible. I know this for a fact, because I used to feel the same way. To be fair to the man who said this to me, I believe he was mostly just trying to be funny. However, the underlying intention, was to discredit the Word of God.

In a way I appreciate that. For no other major worldview would tolerate this kind of abuse. And really, most other’s aren’t treated the way Christianity is. You just don’t hear too many people bad mouthing Buddha, besmirching Hindus, or taking a swing at Allah. But Jesus is fair game. And you know what? He can take it right on the chin and keep on going.

So the first point I’d like to make is about context.  Think contiguous text.  But I will discuss this in my next post.

Thank you for reading.  Feel free to comment, question, or criticize, just do it respectfully.

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