Bible Reading Blog — January 7, 2016

7 Jan

Today’s Readings — Genesis 18-24 & Mark 1:21-28

Warts and all. That’s the Bible. One of the things that drew me to faith is the Bible’s refreshing honesty. In the midst of the miracles and pronouncements and powerful teachings there are deep sins, horrible actions and tragic consequences. These terrible things are often presented without editorial commentary. The men of Sodom surrounding Lot’s house for sexual immorality with Lot’s guests? Check. Lot offering his daughters to the men of Sodom? Check. Lot’s daughters getting him drunk and sleeping with him to get offspring in a desolate land? Check. All through Genesis we see this tendency to not paper over the sins of all the characters in the book. To be sure, one of the points of this book is to remind us of the ongoing effects of sin. But still, when you read the Bible you will find people who experienced amazing things but you will also find frail people, sinful people, people not unlike ourselves and those we know.  I for one am glad to not have a sanitized version of the Bible. When I read it, it rings true, because it is true.

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