The Scripture Bypass Defense

Many today are looking for ways to discount the Bible and all it has to say about how we should live. I have noticed a particular, observable progression in “reasoning” that reveals where many land when it comes to the Bible. I call it the Scripture Bypass Defense. Here it is:

  • Scripture does not say what we think it says.
  • Scripture says what we think it says but does not mean what we think it means.
  • Scripture says what we think it says, and it means what we think it means, it just does not apply to our modern situation.
  • Scripture says what we think it says, and it means what we think it means, and it applies to our modern situation, but it is just too difficult to obey so the Holy Spirit lets us out of it.

6 thoughts on “The Scripture Bypass Defense

  1. john zande

    Hi Scott

    ”Many today are looking for ways to discount the Bible and all it has to say about how we should live.

    I’m interested in this statement. How does the bible say we should live, and what in that do you think is genuinely unique to the bible?

    • cscottfowler

      Read it John, but not like you have before (through the atheist filter). The Bible says plenty about how we should live. You know that, of course. However, you think that your claim that somehow the Bible is simply a hacking of things that came before it is profound and valid. It isn’t.

  2. Sally Houghton

    Pastor Fowler you have a lot of issues attacking everybody and everything you far from perfect. Hardly a demonstration of Christian love If such a thing exists Sent from my iPhone

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  3. justthink25

    Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. Note how Pilate never waited for Jesus to answer the question. How convenient it seems for some when “truth” is fluid and inconsequential and even scripture can be twisted to offer the comfort of adapting too the current cultural milieu. And how delusional must one be to accept a world view such that the ground they stand on is firmly planted in mid air? Sadly, and ironically, the tragedy of this warped sense of security will certainly be realized with the full impact of a judgment where the wiggle room may not be so flexible…

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