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Sometimes I forget my New Year’s resolution is to post a blog every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Like this week. I forgot/didn’t have time to blog over the weekend, so I find myself pounding out a post very early on Monday morning.
I carry a list in my mind of difficult questions that I’ve had for years but I don’t like to tackle those when my deadline is tight. So they remain on reserve while I google “difficult faith questions.” And what do I find? This blog post from beliefnet: http://blog.beliefnet.com/omeoflittlefaith/2010/09/simple-answers-to-difficult-questions.html written by Jason Boyett.
I like the question about whether or not Christians can get tattoos. The answer is simple: sure, it’s fine (though I personally think it’s weird). I like it because it points to the larger question of what practices do we follow in the Bible and which ones do we not? And if we can pick and choose, does that lessen the validity of the Word? And if we can pick and choose, how do we choose?
Maybe the answer has something to do with the principle that underlies all of the laws and guidance given in the Old and New Testaments. It may also have to do with context. I think it may have a LOT to do with context. This is where a seminary degree would come in handy.
I know I pick and choose what I follow and do not follow in the Bible all the time. I create a Jesus that fits me in that particular moment. The other day I was discussing with a group of friends how we each view sins differently. What I think is a huge deal, my friend does without a second thought. And what she thinks is soul-dooming, I do every day.
Imagine how solid the argument for Christianity would be if we could all get on board the same boat of principles.
I believe in questions. I say this a lot; I’ll say it again…