Burning the Bible – Not offended, just saddened

23 Jul

Bible Art?Some of you may have seen the news. A ‘vicar’ in North Wales has felt it neccisary to chop up his Bible (burning some of it) in order to remove the passages he feels give a wrong view of God.

Andy John, The Bishop of Bangor who oversees the patch on which this took place, has said that such ‘destroying the Bible, or passages from it, would cause offence to many.’

However it isn’t offence that I feel to what’s happened, it’s sadness. I’m sadned that Geraint ap Iorwerth, the man who made the ‘art’ has so misunderstood the Gospel that I hold dear. He says that even though he’ll soon be stepping down from his position in the Church in Wales he wants to continue to spread the message of love of Jesus Christ. I hope he does. But I also hope in doing so he’ll realise that this love is in the face of our own sin and that Jesus, who so demonstrates the Love of God to us, does so by bearing the penalty of our sin on the Cross. If the Justice of God and His hostility towards sin is removed from our understanding of the Gospel then we loose the Cross and have nothing left to hope in.

Father we pray that good would come from this and that some how those who don’t yet know you would understand just how wonderful the Love shown to us in Christ really is.

 

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