I want you to do a little experiment. Put your Bible in the middle of a room. Then sit down. Listen. Keep listening. Do you hear the Bible saying anything?
No, the Bible didn’t say anything.
Maybe you got hold of a bad Bible. Find another Bible. Put this Bible in the middle of the same room. Then sit down. Maybe try another chair. Listen. Keep listening. Do you hear this Bible saying anything?
Please, please never again ask, What does the Bible say? Bibles never say anything. Bibles require interpretation. Bibles require translation. Bibles require a decision made about what books are in the Bible and many decisions about what manuscripts to use. The Bibles we have contain conflicting theologies and accounts. Don’t ever try to boil it down to “What does the Bible say?” It’s 2012. It’s time to be honest about the Bible.