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Deconversion – The Bible

21 Dec
Rejecting the Bible

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One of the problems I’ve noticed concerning some people’s approach to the Bible is that the Bible **must** fit into their preconceived notion of truth, usually scientific truth. This is done despite the fact the Bible never claims to be a book about science. Years ago, when I was a young man serving my country in the military, I was told Moses couldn’t have written the first five books of the Bible, because writing had not been used by the Jews until much later. The ancient Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphics, and usually only priests understood its symbols, but alphabets simply were not used by Jews until later in history. Nevertheless, more recent archeological evidence has revealed that there are Semitic writings, written by slaves, on the walls of Egyptian turquoise mines and originate about the time of Moses![1]

We shall always have critics of the Bible, simply because some folks reject its testimony about God. If one does not wish to have his unchristian worldview challenged, he must show how the Bible is not the word of God, because, if the Judeo-Christian Bible is God’s word, men are challenged to turn to God and cease their rebellion.

In Chris’ next two videos, Deconversion—the Bible (part 1 & part 2), he addressed how he began to change his view of the Bible. He mentioned his confusion over Abraham and Sara’s trip to Egypt and Abraham’s lying to Pharaoh, but God punished Pharaoh! The truth is Abraham may have deceived Pharaoh, but he didn’t lie. Sarah was Abraham’s sister through his father, but they had different mothers (Genesis 20:11-12). Pharaoh would have indeed killed Abraham and taken his wife, Sarah, had it not been for Abraham’s deception. Neither Pharaoh in Genesis 12 nor Abimelech in Genesis 20 asked Abraham to give them Sarah, for their harems. No, they forcefully seized her (cf. Genesis 12:15 & 20:2), because there was no fear of God in their lands (Genesis 20:11). Nevertheless, after God dealt with their treachery, they knew about the God of Abraham and feared to harm God’s friend.

Chris asks: “Why would Abraham lie when he had God on his side?” Chris said he always told the truth and believed God would rescue him, if the truth had gotten him into trouble. Well, as I said above, Abraham didn’t lie, but he did deceive both Pharaoh and Abimelech (and for good reason).[2] Nevertheless, as it pertains to Abraham, the Law had not yet been given, so even if it were wrong from him to deceive Pharaoh, how would he know. Most law abiding folks practiced the code of Hammurabi during Abraham’s day, and it can be shown that Abraham practiced this law. We don’t even remotely understand a code of ethics from the Bible until the time of Moses. Abraham was the man God had chosen, whereby he would begin to redeem mankind, for through him God intended to bless the nations (Genesis 18:18), thus reversing the curses pronounced upon mankind in Adam’s time.

Chris believed that the Bible says we should never lie under any circumstances. I believe we should be honest and sincere before the Lord and before men, but what if men in authority were evil and wished to kill innocent people? Should I under those circumstances reveal the whereabouts of certain innocent people to the evil men, if I’m asked? Corrie ten Boom didn’t think so, and she saved many Jews during the Nazi occupation of her country through her deception of the corrupt authorities. Once she was found out, she was imprisoned for her deception. I, for one, do not believe that the Law, which was intended to punish evil men, should be permitted to allow evil men to terrorize innocent people. The believer is not an automaton who must act as men desire, but has been set free to act as God desires (cf. Galatians 5:1). Morality is not a code that exists apart from God, but, rather, morality is what God says, and in the New Testament God says we must trust in Jesus as our Savior, confessing him with our lips (Romans 10:10-11), and love our fellow man (1John 3:23).

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[1] Gleason Archer Jr., A Survey of Old Testament Introduction (Chicago: Moody, 1974), 122-23.

[2] Compare Samuel’s plight when God told him to anoint a new king over Israel in the family of Jesse (1Samuel 16:1-3. Samuel feared Saul would hear of his plan and kill him. So the Lord advised Samuel to say he was going to sacrifice to the Lord, and Jesse’s family was to be called to the sacrifice. Here through God’s advice Samuel deceived Saul, but told the truth in that anointing a new king involved offering up a sacrifice to God.

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