May 23, 2024

10 Worst Bible Passages


If you were to pick the hardest Bible passages, what would you pick?

A recent post by Ann Althouse suggested her Top 10 Worst Bible Passages.  A lot of the problems that people have with these passages has to do with context and an understanding of the times.

For example:

2. “Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.” (1 Samuel 15:3)

This seems harsh, except it is in God’s hand when any should die, and they had been warned and God had shown mercy.  It was many generations after they had been told to change that they were judged.  I can see why we believe that killing everything is harsh, but it was a whole lot more efficient than the tactics we have today.  Just saying.

To me, the hardest things to reconcile are things like Romans 9—why did God love Jacob?  Why did He hate Esau?  That kind of stuff blows my mind.

What do you find difficult?

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  1. “Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.” (1 Peter 2:18)

    Slavery actually meant something different when this was written and certainly when it was translated. At that time, slavery was a somewhat voluntary state that someone entered into to satisfy a debt. So this somewhat makes sense.

    Surely it was not meant toward people who are held against their will in involuntary servitude.
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