One Bible, many denominations
To the Editor:
I read here and elsewhere about liberation theology, social gospel, faith based partly on tradition or reason, progressive Jesus and others. Why the different ideas? There is only one Bible, but different denominations because they have different confessional standards.
Orthodox Christians have the Bible as the sole basis for faith and morals. Churches that want something different supersede the Bible with their own ideas based on their tradition, reason or experience. Many of their ideas contradict the Bible.
Thinking you are smarter than God is the sin of pride and definitely foolish. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness …”
Scriptures do not need to be modified and should be used for rebuking and correcting modifications that conflict with it. New Testament scriptures were mainly written by apostles and authenticated by use in the early church. No new doctrine was expected.
Colossians 2:8 warns “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than Christ.”
Jesus said he will build his church on the confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 6:16-18). The Bible identifies Jesus, not Peter, as the rock and foundation of the church. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthian 3:11). Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6).
I follow Jesus and the Bible.
Robert C. Lemke
Classic circular reasoning
To the Editor:
Recently, there’s been a spate of columns defending religion. While belief in anything is acceptable, when you claim to be a truth teller you raise the bar to a higher standard.
There never has been a smidgen of evidence brought forth that proves god, creation, miracles, heaven or salvation. No matter how much of the documented natural history of the Bible has been confirmed, not a shred of anything supernatural can duplicate it.
But that hasn’t stopped Christians from trying to convince us. Using the Bible to prove the Bible is classic circular reasoning. It goes like this: “Do you believe in god?” “Yes.” “Why?” “The Bible says so.” “Do you believe in the Bible?” “Yes.” “Why?” “It’s the word of god.”
At the time Jesus lived, there were approximately 300 million people on Earth. All humans lie. If the resurrection tale is true, it only happened once. That means the odds are 300 million to one that the fable is false.
But don’t let those daunting numbers thwart your evangelizing. After all, Ken Ham, who runs Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, said it best: “If all the evidence in the universe came down against the Bible, I would still believe it.”
Spoken like a true Christian.