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.