Friday, January 8, 2010

Churches Dumbing It Down: This Is Not Funny

by Todd Friel

A lady walked into her pastor's office and announced, "I'm leaving my husband to live with my lover."

The pastor calmly asked what led her to that decision.

The woman confidently proclaimed, "Ephesians 4:24 says we are supposed to 'put on the new man.'"

Now, you might think that is just a joke, but it was told as a true story by the pastor. That makes this story the opposite of a joke. That makes it a tragedy.

Five centuries ago, Erasmus (who laid the egg that Luther hatched) argued with Dr. Luther about translating the Latin or Greek Bible into the vernacular of the peasantry. Erasmus warned there would be no end of misapplication of the Bible if regular folks were allowed access to the sacred text. Erasmus was right.

Do the benefits outweigh the negatives? My answer is the same as Martin Luther's. The ability for lay people to read the Bible far outweighs their often ridiculous interpretations.

That leads us to the big question, "How do we help people understand how to read their Bibles correctly so they don't end up ditching their spouses?"

It seems to me the answer to that question lies in another question. Are people stupid or not?

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