You don’t have to be a scholar to understand God



This week Solon an online progressive mag has CJ Werleman trying to undermine the Hobby Lobby court decision and he’s trying to convince us that we can’t make these kinds of court rulings because we Americans don’t understand God and the Bible.

He calls it Biblical illiteracy because even though 95% of Americans own a copy of the Bible, I’m not really sure that is an accurate number, that most don’t really know what’s in it and that I would agree with that

Not getting too much into the Hobby Lobby decision but it’s not a secret one just has to do a little reading to know HL was not disallowing contraception as a whole they just did not want to be paying for birth control that would or might cause abortion or sterilization. The fact is HL had no problem contraception and even if they did there are several contraception’s that cost under $10.00 both Wal-Mart and Target advertise of Contraception under $10.00. With that said the notion of your employer not paying for your private contraception and have the thought that they are preventing your from family care is absurd at best. If your employer does not pay for your weekly groceries does that mean they are preventing you from buying food from the grocery store, just crazy talk I say crazy talk.

What Mr. Werleman states is “Knowing the Bible requires a scholarly contextual understanding of authorship, history and interpretation.” I say not true and I point to myself on this. I for the most part have very little collage education especially when it comes to understanding the Bible. I learned from my parents as they continued to grow in the word of God. I learned from my pastor, my friends as we talked about God and Biblical text. My youth pastor, I’ve read the bible cover to cover at least twice and listened to it cover to cover at least twice. I heard it via the NIV NKJ and the Message. I read and I listen and I discern Gods word the best I can. I do feel I have a grasp of the bible and Gods word. Do I know it all, no I don’t I still have tons to learn but so do we all.

In Acts chapter 8 verses 26 through 39 we have Phillip explaining the word of God to the Ethiopian. It didn’t take a collage education from Phillip to explain salvation, the Ethiopian did not take a Bible class he just wanted to understand and believe. Yes people take the Bible out of textual format for their own liberties it happens all the time that is why we pray to discern the word.

Werleman also love to point out Old Testament rules of death penalty and the absurdity of Old Testament law. He accuses Christians of saying well that is old Mosaic laws and the New Testament supersedes those laws. While yes Mosaic law was strict God had to design laws that would keep his people pure, he did not want them inter-developing with other nations and as we see our countries today it’s easy to understand why God wanted his people to stay God fearing and not Godless developing into a world of hate, greed and destruction like we see today.

No the New testament does not supersede the Old testament it only makes it simpler instead of following each Mosaic law to the tee Jesus made it easier. Matthew chapter 22 verse 37-40 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

So I disagree with Salon magazine and Mr. Werleman, the average man can understand God and the Bible. What I think Werleman does not understand it why a company like HL wants to practice business in a moral and Godly way. They are not misunderstanding the Bible in fact they are affirming Matthew 22 37-40 and giving people a choice without compromising and contradicting on their personal company believes.

We have to remember an employer providing health care is a perk not a right. The ACA is a tax mind you since everyone uses health care we need to treat it like a commodity and tax it. But forcing a business to provide a service that is strongly against its moral and biblical believe is not a part of a tax this is freedom of religion and speech and it does not take a Biblical scholar to understand that.



8 thoughts on “You don’t have to be a scholar to understand God

    1. There is that but this joker didn’t really do much quoting only speculating, he’s relying on low information readers and not people that actually invest their time in a God.

  1. I agree with you that, given a receptive reading and the help of the Holy Spirit, one can gain great insight into the timeless truth of God contained in the Bible. All that is necessary for salvation and growing in the faith and love of God, as well as learning the nature of God who saves us, is certainly and readily available to anyone who will read it.
    That being said, as a seminary trained pastor I must agree with the Salon writer that many, even many who are self-described as faithful, lack the Biblical knowledge to carry the scriptural discussion and cultural application that is sometimes so visibly debated.
    The questions of discernment as to how socio-cultural contexts help or hinder our applicability of scripture are not easy, not readily accessible to the layperson (or, seemingly, desired by many of them) and even less explored by a great deal of the Church and its members.
    You state that you disagree with the Salon writer and I appreciate your obviously heart-felt convictions. However for instance, even in your rebuttal, you state that NT does not supersede OT but fail to address any of the questions that would follow. How (or would) you exclude any of the specifics of the Torah? Yes, love of God and neighbor are the overriding and all-encompassing ethos distilled in Jesus’ teaching but how does that extend into those specifics?
    This is only a scratch of the surface in the complexity in taking an ancient group of documents (even though divinely inspired) and understanding them in contexts that are historically, socially and religiously removed from their original ones.
    I think that attempting to affect socio-political policy based upon the broader, though concise, Jesus ethos is an effort that can embody and inspire great peace and cooperation across many walks of life. However, attempting to push a narrower, more sectarian view, especially when there are serious questions as to whether or not those positions are supported by scholarship and contextual consideration, is a recipe for conflict.
    Just a couple of notes for your consideration on the HL case itself:
    “…and even if they did there are several contraception’s that cost under $10.00 both Wal-Mart and Target advertise of Contraception under $10.00.” Contraception is not limited to the over the counter, less than $10 (primarily) barrier methods available at WM and Target. Some of the contraception in debate is medicine that, though technically available OTC, is not always stocked and, if so typically costs $40-60. Another is a medical device that must be surgically implanted with associated physician and surgical costs.
    “…If your employer does not pay for your weekly groceries does that mean they are preventing you from buying food from the grocery store, just crazy talk I say crazy talk.” If we were to, as you have done, take the healthcare into a groceries metaphor, the recent ruling would be more analogous to something like this: If grocery prices were high enough to need insurance of some sort to pay for them, employers might add this to employee compensation. If the purchase of groceries was structured in this way, what is happening with HL it would be like a Jewish or Muslim business owner covering the purchase of beef but not pork because of their religious objection. I’d be interested to know if and/or how that would make any sense to you.
    I’ve typed this response to your post not as an argument but simply as what I hope will be one in which you may consider perspectives as yet unexplored.

    1. Well I guess that’s what you get with a higher education degree more sentences, I plainly disagree with you but with that said I’m not going to debate you on a common sense subject. Thank you very much your your take on things every little remark does help, keep the opinions flowing.👍

      1. Exactly! The need for “more sentences” on complex subjects was precisely my point.

  2. One statement is enough for a mature and evolved spirit to understand the immortal importance of a sentence, of a written line, due to its indestructible invaluable content that teaches how the spirit should act to develop the inner God, or to turn into Spirit and Truth, or to realise in it the teachings of the Bible – YOU ARE GODS.
    There are people who devour books, searching for religions, sects and banners, listening to the incarnate and the discarnate, but they do not change inwardly and do not really blossom… They are like mediocrity that goes around the PERFECTION, without ever reaching it…
    The Exemplary Word warned these people, by saying: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one, it does not come with external signs.”
    Therefore, those who do not know how to LOOK FOR THEMSELVES, and have not FOUND THEIMSELVES yet, will have to search high and low, hovering unhappily, in the kingdom of emptiness and painful doubts.
    An old initiatic saying teaches: “The good disciple awaits doing good.”
    The Exemplary Word also taught: “Upon your patience you shall build your souls.”
    These abstracts say to the immature, to those empty spirits: “Learn how to run to your inner self, because it is there that God has placed His Divine Virtues, which, when blossomed, will make you a TOTAL ONE, GOD IN GOD, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE CHILD OF GOD ETERNALLY.”
    However, let us remember these wise words: “One word to those who understand it is worth a whole speech to those who do not understand it.”

    All the best. With love, Neil.

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