The Bible Does Not Approve of Everything It Records

by Tim Barnett

Our young people face an unprecedented assault on their faith. It seems to come at them from every side. One area that is effectively used by the enemy is social media. On media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it is very easy for people to share rhetorically powerful posts that can leave young Christians scrambling to find an answer.

Recently, my 14-year-old niece showed me a meme that generated a lot of debate on Instagram. The meme pictured a Bible lying on its side with hundreds of colored tabs sticking out of it. The meme said, “The Good Book? Pink tabs are for murder, purple for human or animal sacrifice, blue for rape, yellow for slavery, and green for misogyny.”

The question that this meme was trying to raise was pretty clear: How can a book that contains murder, animal or human sacrifice, rape, slavery, and misogyny be called good?

When challenges like this come up, I have a question: Does a book necessarily approve of everything it records? The answer is obviously, no. Consider your favorite news reporter. Just because she tries to accurately report on immoral events, like murder and rape, that does not mean she is an evil person. In fact, the news reporter could be a good person and abhor the immoral behavior that she reports.

So this challenge rests upon a demonstrably false assumption. This challenge assumes that everything contained in the Bible is commended by the Bible. This is simply not true. There are many things in the Bible that are described, but not prescribed. For example…


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