Are Christians Distorting the Word of God to Suit Their Own Purposes?

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Although Newsweek has previously published controversial articles on the Bible and Christianity to coincide with Easter and Christmas, Kurt Eichenwald’s 8,500-word, 16-page article posted on Dec. 23, 2014, entitled “The Bible—So Misunderstood It’s a Sin,” has ignited a firestorm of controversy, in particular in the evangelical Christian world.

Is it true that prominent Christian leaders in America are misusing the Bible to suit their own purposes?

Have the sacred Scriptures become a political weapon in the hands of religious hypocrites?

Could it be that those who most loudly proclaim, “The Bible says!” are actually ignorant of the contents of that very book?

Has the text of the Bible undergone such dramatic changes over the centuries that it bears little resemblance to the original teachings of Moses, Jesus and Paul?

There is certainly a tremendous amount of biblical illiteracy in evangelical Christian circles today, and some of it has trickled down from TV preachers and pastors whose sermons seem more like motivational pep talks than serious expositions of the Scriptures. And there is no shortage of hypocrisy in our midst—I speak as an evangelical leader—as we often major on a few specific sins of others while ignoring many sins of our own. As for using the Bible for political purposes, white evangelical Christians in particular can be guilty of associating true patriotism with allegiance to the Bible and the Republican Party, portraying their opponents as both anti-American and anti-God.

But does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of conservative evangelicals? Certainly not.

More importantly, does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of the reliability of the Scriptures? Emphatically not.

That is why the article has been so controversial. First, it is difficult to know who exactly is being targeted. Is it some evangelical politicians? A few street preachers? Evangelicals in general? Second, Newsweek appears to be attacking the Bible itself—although claiming not to—and it does so in a slipshod, methodologically flawed way at that.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Michael Brown