Sometimes I struggle with the violence in the Bible. There…I said it.
Every year, as I spend the opening months doing a Bible Read Thru, the days are spent coming face-to-face with some pretty horrific violence.
Whole people groups annihilated. Whole cities wiped off the planet. War, with a side of war, and then topped with a dollop of war.
I have said many times, “If the Bible was a movie, it would definitely earn it’s R rating.” Actually, I’m not sure it could even just be “R.” As I am reading through the Bible this year, I am realizing again how horribly violent some of it is.
Here are some of the responses I have heard over the years from people either doing the Bible Read Thru, or friends from my church:
“My 15-year-old daughter decided to read through the Bible. I’m not sure I’m okay with this!”
“I’ve got to tell you I am really struggling with reading some of this. I’m the kind of person who skips certain scenes in movies because I don’t want the images stuck in my mind. And yet…it’s the Bible!”
“I am having to force myself to stick with it because some of the stories are too violent.”
Yup. I totally get it.
As I have been trying to process the violence during this year’s Bible Read Thru, there are two thoughts that keep coming to my mind. They certainly don’t answer all my questions or get rid of all the discomfort, but they’re helping me walk though it without being completely overwhelmed by it. [Read more…] about Is the Bible Too Violent?