I despair at Christians who read the Bible in a flat manner. The examples of Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus were never meant to be taken as equivalent moral examples. Abraham was a terrible husband and father, David was a rapist and murderer, and even Moses stuffed up to the point God denied him entry into the promised land. If you’re not basing your ethics on Christ, if you’re basing them on another bible character instead, they’re not Christian ethics in the proper sense of the word. Indeed there’s a lot of stories in the Bible that are meant to serve as examples of just how messed up the world can get, of why we need to live a different way. The bad interpretation and application just appalls me.

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