Wednesday, December 18, 2013

EMT ~ the Bible

Ephesians 6:17 says, "Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  That sounds like the Bible ("the word of God") is supposed to be a weapon.  Rachel wrote:
"For as long as I can remember, the Bible has been compared to a weapon, and for as long as I can remember, it has been used as one" (p. 187).
Have you ever seen or experienced the Bible being used to clobber someone or cut someone down?  How do you feel about that?

3 comments:

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I posted this one a couple of days ago, but got a phone call and didn't leave a comment -- which goes automatically to those of us currently participating. Click the blue link in this email to come read the post and (maybe?) comment.

Shirley said...

It sounds like a familiar situation, but the only specific case I can think of is the use of scriptures by the Phelps family in Topeka to condemn homosexuals and justify their protests including protests at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action.

Using the Bible to clobber someone or cut someone down does not seem appropriate. I can though understand its use to show someone else (or to justify to yourself) beliefs.

Mary said...

I think that the Bible is often used as a sword to prove a point or reinforce a belief. "If you differ with me, I can slice right through your argument with a quotation from the Bible, to prove that you are wrong." A very recent example is Phil Robertson in his GQ interview.