Descriptive, Not Prescriptive

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Apologetics, Quotes
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Just because it’s in the Bible, doesn’t mean it’s sanctioned by God. We don’t treat other historical narratives that way. Why would we automatically assume an author of a history textbook on the holocaust endorsed the genocide of the Jews, just because he accurately recorded the event?

“The first thing we need to say is that the Bible contains many passages that are descriptive, and this does not make them prescriptive. Contrary to what many of the online opponents of biblical authority would have us think, there is no approval from God for the man of Gibeah’s heinous bargain or the subsequent rape, murder, and mutilation of the concubine. The Levite gives up his own virgin daughter and his concubine as some sort of trade of self-protection. And that the concubine’s dismembered body is grotesquely sent around Israel is reacted to the way it ought to be: notice the people’s reaction is shock. “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day,” they say.”

— Jared C. Wilson

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simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

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