As we continue through Brian McLaren’s new book, A New Kind of Christianity, we now come to his third question that is “transforming the faith.” This question concerns the seeming contradiction between the God that we read about in the Old Testament (OT) and the Jesus that we find in the New Testament (NT). It is often pointed out (usually by skeptics) that the “OT god” seems to be terribly bloodthirsty and sadistic, seeking to subjugate His people under laws and rules that they could never keep, while the Jesus of the NT seems to be one of forgiveness and love, seeking to spread grace as liberally as the OT god spread vengeance. This antimony between the testaments often causes problems for many Christians—McLaren among them—and often results in Christians being thoroughly unread and unfamiliar with the Old Testament, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the entire Bible.
The American expression “Indian summer” is known on the Balkans as “Gypsy summer.” It has the same meaning as its American counterpart, as far as the weather is concerned: a short period—usually two or three weeks—of relatively warm days in the late October, when the sun is shining and one can still enjoy a good walk outside without the nasty cold feeling of the coming winter. The trees are changing their colors from green to yellow to red and brown, and the winter seems awfully far away.
My wife and I received our 2010 Census form. We got the long version. It’s filled with questions about race and national origin. It’s un-American and an insult. The Bible does not separate people according to racial characteristics. Such a classification system is truly modern, based on evolutionary assumptions. For the Darwinist, “race” is simply a “subspecies,” a direct link to animals. Such a designation helps to explain the subtitle to Darwin’s The Origin of Species by Natural Selection. The subtitle reads, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. “Although racism is an ancient fallacy, it was Darwinian evolutionism that first seemed to give it scientific plausibility.” Scripture clearly states that “all nations of men” have been made from “one blood” (Acts 17:26), clearly an anti-racism statement.
(This is Part Two of a series.) In his new book, A New Kind of Christianity, author Brian McLaren seeks to address “ten questions that are transforming the [Christian] faith.” As promised in the introductory article, we will be taking our own look at McLaren’s ten questions and his responses to them. Although I am going to […]
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