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How Can We Know What God Thinks If Not The Bible?

“The majority of people born have lived and died without any knowledge of the Bible or who Jesus was.”   John Hick

A loving God wouldn’t only reveal Themselves through a Book, when the majority of humankind has never had a copy of the Bible. The Bible can’t be the authoritative guide because we don’t agree what it says. Ancient literature is always subject to interpretation. God though may communicate more clearly than given credit for. Who doesn’t believe in evil? Our moral outrage hints of a personal external force communicating through our moral intuitions that lead to outrage. We intuitively know how to act in family, work, and other relationships – threat others like we want to be treated. Most believe a Creator or Supreme Being must be perfect to claim to be God. The Bible never suggests two “perfect” standards. God and human perfection are exactly the same, which most intuitively know a lot about.

Which biblical interpretations are best to choose? Choose the one that leads to more love for your neighbor. Men, pretend you are a woman and choose the interpretation that treats women like you would want to be treated regarding roles. If you think roles are best determined according to gender than skills, you don’t know my wife and daughters. I know a lot of women smarter than men and more skilled than men in leadership roles, etc. Now, now, my wife doesn’t disagree with only male leadership like I do. This just happens to be one time I am smarter than she is.

Next in Series: How have so many possibly gotten the Bible and God wrong about women?

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Does The Bible Definitely Say God Thinks Roles Are Based On Gender Than Gifts?

“There is neither Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28).…. Now eagerly desire the greatest gift” (I Cor. 12:31).

Today’s New International Version

The Bible can be used selectively to justify almost any belief in the name of God, including either that God advocates roles according to gender or I would suggest according to individual gifts. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians quoted above, Paul speaks of pursuing roles in the church according to giftedness without any mention of excluded women from any roles (I Cor. 12:4-11). Paul does say: “Women should remain silent in the churches (I Cor. 14:34),” but Paul had just affirmed women praying and prophesying (I Cor. 11:4-5). Was Paul being mindless or would Paul also suggest men to be silent in certain situations for the sake of peace?

It is argued women may not fulfill certain roles in the church because of one main biblical passage (I Tim. 2:11-15), but this passage is highly debated among scholars. Did Paul use the analogy of Adam and Eve because he had in mind women not teaching men false teachings about God like the first couple’s situation? The reality is that the Bible can be used to defend roles are determined according to gender or that roles are best determined by one’s gifts and circumstances present as I have done below.

https://what-god-may-really-be-like.com/2017/04/20/rethinking-if-god-is-a-sexist/

Next in Series: How Can We Know What God Thinks If Not The Bible?

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Does Jesus Speak To Christians?

It was reported recently that the Vice-President said Jesus spoke to him. I am not sure if they were referring to an audible voice or saying God communicated through impressions or thoughts. Some media suggested one claiming Jesus spoke to them is mentally ill. 

Religious delusions are prominent with certain serious mental health diagnosis. But, because many Christians would say that their relationship with God involves conversations (i.e. prayer), let’s not identify all such people with mental illness. If one is going to be diagnosed with a mental illness, there should be accompanying dysfunctional behaviors associated with such a diagnosis. Let’s be sensitive how we communicate about the experiences of others.  

While many might suggest Jesus or God spoke to them, the implications of such a statement needs to be considered. One must be sensitive when stating Jesus spoke to them, they aren’t implying therefore I am right and you are wrong. One may have heard Jesus wrong! After all, a person who raises from the dead after three days from being hung on a Cross may be righter.  

I can’t prove if Jesus did or didn’t speak to someone. I do know God has never spoken to me audibly. That might be a good thing as God’s overpowering presence may only lead to brief obligations to obey out of fear than making heart-felt, lasting choices. Because I have a relationship with God I do wonder if certain impressions, such as to take a healthy risk in a relationship, is inspired from God or not. I am okay not being certain as I am not talking about life and death decisions. Reconsider if you think God is suggesting doing something immoral.  

I just think God-followers might be sensitive in proclaiming Jesus is speaking to them because how it might distance others and suggest we know better than others.

 

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