Irrelevant Comments About the Bible’s Irrelevance

More and more I am hearing references made to the Bible’s age and irrelevancy. When asked by Oprah Winfrey when the Church was going to get it that homosexuality is normal, Rob Bell told her, “We’re moments away.  . . . I think the culture is already there. And the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense…” [1] Miley Cyrus made an offhand reference to the Bible’s irrelevancy in reference to the Indiana religious freedoms legislation. [2]

The problem with this sentiment is that it puts our perception of the Bible’s cultural relevancy front and center rather than the source of the Bible’s authority. The Bible is either the Word of God or it isn’t. If it was the Word of God two thousand years ago it does not cease to be simply because we long to express unchecked our Bohemian, hedonistic passions! More proof that we have never gotten past the important Enlightenment era questions of authority and revelation.

2 thoughts on “Irrelevant Comments About the Bible’s Irrelevance

  1. dfduncombe

    I find it ironic that most books of history are revered based upon age..the closer a historical text was written to the time it covers the more reliable it usually is. The New Testament, written mainly during the lifetime of the eyewitnesses of Jesus, is thus highly reliable from a historical perspective. Therefore, it is not the Bible itself with which Oprah, Miley and others have a problem. It is the teachings of Jesus they believe are no longer relevant. They could be clearer in their comments, and say that they think Jesus’ teachings are no longer relevant, but that would be too specific, and therefore too ‘intolerant’, so they decry the Bible as a whole. Another sigh of our ignorant and politically correct times.

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