“Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair?” 1 Corinthians 11:14
“Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards.” Leviticus 19:27
So. Which is it?
Is the bible saying men shouldn't have trendy hipster hair? or a man bun?
There are many passages that seem to contradict each other and many that if left to ‘literal’ translation would leave us in a real mess.
What about you ladies!
1 Corinthians 14:34 says, “Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says.”
It is a good thing we are not bible-ians, we are Christ-ians. We are Christ followers first and as we read the bible it should lead us to Christ.
As is says in Colossians 2:17:
"For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality."
But what do we do when the bible says something that on the surface looks contradictory or just wrong?
We have to read beyond the surface.
We need to look beyond the the culturally embedded teaching to see the transcendent truth.
We need to see past the rule, to find the reason for the rule.
We need to see past the principle to the precept.
I was chatting to someone a while back. They were telling me about how they liked some parts of the bible but had serious issues with a lot of it. They expressed how they disliked the part about head coverings or how God ‘allowed’ death and struggle. How and why God doesn't intervene in the raping and killing of innocent people. Or why cancer exists.
These are all great questions. And ones that honestly do have answers. But there is a cost.
Here is why many people do not want to look past the surface of the bible or read beyond the surface….
Because once you start looking for truth, for real answers..… your life will change.
I do have to say something though… I’m sorry. I am sorry for the people who have thrown bible passages in your face and never gave you the time of day to look deeper. I am sorry for people who mean well but hurt you using the bible. And I am sorry because as christians sometimes we forget that we will be the only bible that most people will see…
and that is what this Sunday is about…
the story continues…
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