I have a few unequivocally correct critics who point out the multiple errors in each column I write. They own the truth. One wrote that I am “a vindictive ex-priest who bamboozles gullible readers with razzle-dazzle-forked-tongued interpretations of scripture.” Strong language. But I must ask, “am I?” Many of us have put aside the religions of our youth. I know Jews who no longer attend synagogue and Muslims who never go back to their Mosque.
What a choice for our early Christians! Both Paul and James claim to have the message of Jesus, but only one can be correct. Paul says we don’t need the Torah (Rom. 3:20); James says we need to keep every single law in the Torah (James 2:10). Paul says faith will save us without works as it did for Abraham (Rom. 4:30), but James insists that Abraham was justified by his works and not by faith alone. (James 2:24) And so, the fight goes on. Which one is right? I guess it depends where you live.
The letters to the Editor are full of Bible quotes. It’s like watching children splash paint on a canvas. The whole Bible is their paint bucket and they dip their brushes in at random and splash away. However, one of my frequent Catholic critics, Travis Middleton, accuses me of doing much the same thing. He says I started a “campaign to convince people the New Testament is a collection of fanciful scribblings by senile old men that don’t mesh.” That hurts.
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