Most people will agree that the Bible has its fair share of difficult passages. It contains laws and commandments, claims of exclusivity, and supernatural miracles that boggle the mind. Some have even suggested removing the parts of the Bible that are too difficult or divisive.
But cutting out parts of the Bible is just as foolish as cutting out parts of the Constitution.
Here are just a few examples of the hated passages from the Bible that some would like to see removed:
- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
- This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys” (1 Samuel 15:2-3).
- You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).
- Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death (Proverbs 23:13-14).
But there are good reasons these verses above – and ALL verses – are included in God’s Word! Similarly, there are good reasons why the Constitution reads the way it does.
For instance, very few of us like paying taxes, and it might be really convenient to remove the parts of the Constitution that talk about our financial responsibilities to the government. But we also like going down to the city park on the weekend. We also like having a strong military to protect our freedoms. Neither of those are free, so we can’t scrap the idea of taxes from the Constitution.
The Constitution also talks (at length) about the limitation of power of our country’s elected officials. What if senators or representatives did away with term limits? What if presidents removed the parts about impeachment? (I’m looking at you Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.) We wouldn’t have civil servants; we would have czars! Better keep those parts, too.
Some would counter and say, “Yes, but the Constitution wasn’t perfect when it was written. It’s been amended many times, most notably with the Bill of Rights.” That’s true, but God’s Word was perfectly given! It needs no changes, additions, or deletions. In fact, the Apostle John gave a strict warning to anyone who would consider tampering with the Book of Revelation (though the warning applies to the entire Bible):
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22:18-21)
Bottom line: it’s best to keep God’s Word just the way He gave it.
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