“It happens often. It can be over a coffee, in a bar, on a train, at an airport, during a conference or after a church service. In recent years, I seem to have lots of conversations with people – young and old – who, from very different starting points, all want to talk about exactly the same dilemma; the Bible. Some begin by explaining that they have no confidence in the Bible, which they have dismissed as irrelevant to their questions about life. Others acknowledge that they would like to be able to take it more seriously, but have huge questions about its reliability, its nature and even its morality – especially around episodes such as those where God ordered the Israelites to obliterate their enemies, including every woman and child.”
In 2014, Rev Steve Chalke published a ground-breaking article exploring crucial questions around how we interpret, utilize and apply Christian scripture – questions that are often thought but rarely voiced.
How can we live our lives in accordance with a book that seems to endorse slavery? How can we navigate through the modern world, guided by texts that – on the face of it – regard women as second class citizens? Should we make crucial decisions based on the wisdom of ancient texts stooped in a forgotten culture?
However, by encouraging an open approach of dialogue with scripture, Steve argues that the Biblical texts remains just as relevant to us today as it has to Christians thought the ages. The Bible remains at the heart of Christian faith and it is up to us to restore confidence in the timeless wisdom of scripture.