What the Bible is not

I had a sudden realisation in the night :-)

One of my problems with Simple Pastor's post "What the Bible clearly says women can do" that I have not covered in my earlier posts More nonsense on what women can do and What can women do? is this:

The Bible is neither an encyclopedia not an Argos catalogue.

We do not decide what kind of home to build by looking through the Bible and listing all the buildings and choosing which one to build.

We do not decide what clothes to buy by looking through the Bible and listing all the clothes that people are wearing.

We do not decide how to decorate our homes by looking through the Bible and listing all the different styles of decoration used.

The Bible is neither an encyclopedia not an Argos catalogue. Unless of course you can persuade the Methodist Church to decorate our bathroom in the style of King Solomon's temple!

So why would we list jobs that women do in the Bible thousands of years ago and use that to decide which jobs they should do today? It is a misuse of the Bible and it is very telling that the Bible is only being used in this way in relation to what "Women can do".

2 thoughts on “What the Bible is not

  1. Simplepastor

    Dave I agree. I don’t think the Bible is any of the things you mentioned. And as said several times in several comments on your blog, I don’t think the list ‘decides what jobs women can do today’. I hope that’s clear enough.
    And again repeating myself here – The list was demonstrating examples that the Bible gives to see whether they offer any helpful points of agreement or conversation. It would be slightly bizarre to say this list doesn’t offer any positive examples. You think I’m implying that the list is set in stone and can’t be added to. I don’t, I’m simply asking whether these examples offer any points of agreement. it seems you find it hard to see any positives here even when I agree with you. That’s quite sad.

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