Russell and Duenes

The “Embarrassing Parts” of Scripture

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Another gem from Wilson’s Black and Tan:

If those who hate the Word of God can succeed in getting Christians to be embarrassed by any portion of the Word of God, then that portion will continually be employed as a battering ram against the godly principles that are currently under attack. In our day, three of the principle issues are abortion, feminism, and sodomy. If we respond to the “embarrassing parts” of Scripture by saying, “That was then, this is now,” we will quickly discover that unembarrassed progressives can play that game even more effectively than embarrassed conservatives can. Paul prohibited eldership to women? That was then, this is now. Moses condemned sodomy? That was then, this is now.

Wilson raises this point while addressing the issue of slavery. Many Christians find the NT teaching about slavery to be embarrassing, and this embarrassment is used by the enemies of God’s people to slam the Bible, rather successfully in many cases.

For my own part, I would say that current evangelical “embarrassment” about the creation narratives in Genesis 1-2 is being used as a “battering ram” against many Christian doctrines, namely, the doctrine of creation, the doctrine of the image of God in man, and the doctrine of masculinity and femininity. Get Christians embarrassed about the Bible’s teachings on origins, and you can get them backpedalling on all of the above. Get Christians trailing off about how Genesis is a mythological tale, and soon you’ll have them accepting all sorts of drivel from liberals (whom Wilson rightly calls Intoleristas) who tell us that science has disproven all that embarrassing nonsense about God creating everything and mankind being special among the creatures.


Written by Michael Duenes

May 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Posted in Duenes, Literature

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  1. I don’t “hate the ‘Word of God.'” There’s just no particular reason to believe that you know of the Word of God any better than I do.

    It’s a myth. It represents the best ideas humans had thousands of years ago about how the world came to be, about how life arose, about how people should treat each other, and about how society should be organized.

    We still don’t know the answers to most of these questions. We know more about origins of the universe and about the origins of life than humans did at that time, but some answers may always be beyond our ken. There are many religious answers; I know no reason to consider yours better than other religions’ answers.

    As I’ve indicated, I think values are something created by human evolution and culture. Some of the suggested “rules” (especially ones involving murder and sexuality) have never been particularly followed by lots of humans. Is there any reason to think now, thousands of years later, we are going to improve?

    As Maslow suggested, when basic human needs have been met (such as water, food, shelter) we seek “higher needs” such as community and meaning.

    Scientists suggest that the universe may suffer a “heat death” in billions of years, where all motion ceases. In our current society, humans seem to be falling into an energy loss (though not death) as we run out of oil. By the same token, I wonder if we are approaching a “meaning death” as the old religious meanings lose their appeal and potency with little or nothing to replace them.

    Just wanted to cheer you up. Have a good time and play your music loudly and vigorously.

    This is not a “jump and shout” song, but I suspect it fits what I am talking about:


    May 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

    • You simply assert that it’s a “myth,” but you’ve given me no reason why I should accept this assessment of it. You just keep asserting. As long as you do, what more is there for me to respond to?


      russell and duenes

      May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  2. There are many religious answers; I know no reason to consider yours better than other religions’ answers.

    You’re not trying very hard.


    May 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

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