Can the Bible Be Modified – A Poll

Barack Obama has a knack for mixing religion, or at least religious terminology, with politics in the public square while avoiding the associated outcries and demands about respecting the boundaries separating church and state. During a speech he gave last summer, Obama made a rather interesting claim concerning how people view the Bible:

Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about this statement. Was Barak Obama right when heĀ said “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy” recognize that some parts of it “may be modified to accommodate modern life”? If so, which parts?


2 Responses to Can the Bible Be Modified – A Poll

  1. Boo says:

    the bible does not need to be changed it covers every aspect of life perfectly,

    modern life?.. what is so diifferent about life now then it was 2000 yrs ago
    ……..people’s emotions haven’t changed

  2. minnowspeaks says:

    Can it be or has it been?
    Obviously we are not reading the original Hebrew and Greek texts so the fact it the Bible we know as English speaking 21st Century people has been modified.
    What Senator Obama seems to be saying is that the Bible can be interpreted from a cultural perspective. This also has been done. Otherwise women would not be allowed to speak in church and would all need to wear head coverings.
    Where new interpretations go against old doctrine is when the questions become a little more dicy.
    Maybe a some better questions to ask yourself are: What do I believe and why do I believe it? Do I believe what I understand the Bible to say because I’ve searched out the scripture for myself or because I’ve listened to a religious authority? An interesting observation: Jesus seems to have been as frustrated with the religious authorities of His day as He was with the political authorities. Maybe even more so.

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