LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Does letter writer miss the mark on biblical reference?
Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image,” yet Richard W. Burridge (Jan. 6) claims “God obviously did not create us exactly like himself…”. Is this a case where this writer wants to change our minds about what Genesis says happened to what he thinks the Lord really meant? I’m thinking about Finley Peter Dunne’s Mr. Dooley when he said if God knew the facts in the case he would say such and such. Is this a case where Mr. Burridge wants to change our minds about what Genesis says happened to what he thinks should have happened if the Lord had known the facts about creation? Do I believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible? Answer: No, nor do I think this writer knows the Will of God.
Is this simply good-hearted arrogance cloaked in morality that makes humans decide that God created them in his own image? Or, is this an effort to refuse to accept the literal words of the writer of Genesis? After all, the Bible we read today came to us by way of a complex, messy and very human process. Do you know how we got our Bible? If not, you should.
Has the Bible become a weapon in the hands of some? Today, the holy words are too often interpreted, or even bent, to advocate social causes. Republican evangelicals do it as if it were normal scholarship. It is those among us who know the least about the Bible that want to inform the rest of us.
Final question: Is Jesus the enemy of most religions? I think so.
The God worth worshiping is the one who pays us the compliment of self-regulation, and we might return the compliment by minding our own business; that is, by not claiming to know God’s devices, which is so nettling to most of us.
— B.J. Paschal, Fort Wayne