Newsweek magazine, founded in 1933, used its Christmas edition to launch an assault on the integrity and reliability of the Bible.
The cover story, written by Kurt Eichenwald (who usually writes on business matters), is entitled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”
I read the entire article (33 printed pages) and it’s all the usual stuff:
§ The Bible is full of contradictions and errors (citing the usual examples).
§ As time went on, the Bible was altered to say what those in power wanted it to say.
§ The writings that comprise the Bible aren’t necessarily the right ones.
§ Conservative, evangelical Christians are biased in their interpretation of the Bible, especially on the matter of (yep, you guessed it) homosexuality.
The article is a “hit piece” on evangelical Christianity. Only liberal scholars are cited; there’s no attempt at balance. The author clearly has an axe to grind. Newsweek should be embarrassed, but this type of journalism might explain why the magazine is doing so poorly. (A few years ago the magazine was sold for $1.)
On the other hand, the article probably summarizes what our kids are likely to hear when they go off to college.
On the surface, the arguments made against the Bible appear compelling and the people making them come across as intelligent and well-informed. For this reason, we need to train our children well.
Specifically, every Christian should know or be familiar with how the Bible was compiled and came into being. We should also know how to read, interpret and apply the Bible responsibly . . . because it’s true, we are all subject to carelessness and bias in how we read Scripture.
Before Christmas, I had the opportunity to teach our junior high students about the Bible. To the best of my ability, I tried to convey to them the following:
1) We can be absolutely confident that the book we call the Bible is an accurate, reliable translation of what the original authors actually wrote.
2) The four Gospels, in particular, accurately describe the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
3) The evidence is compelling (to any reasonable person) that the Bible is divinely inspired (i.e., is truly the Word of God).
4) There are compelling answers to the alleged mistakes or contradictions in the Bible. (These allegations aren’t new; they just get recycled from time-to-time.)
5) Those who read the Bible and embrace its teachings are transformed.
The Newsweek article is available online. For a well-written response, I recommend the article by Albert Mohler (available on albertmohler.com).