I sat in a meeting at church a couple weeks ago and heard something rather shocking. A question was raised and the answer given from a pastor of the church basically meant that we have evolved as a church. The question concerned polygamy during the Old Testament (I don’t quite recall the question) and the answer was that some things from the Old Testament no longer applied. GASP!
I am not an expert on biblical references and I knew that there were some things from the Old Testament that was not in the New Testament. For some reason, my brain processed what the pastor said differently from any other interpretation I’ve had in the past.
Anyway, I found it interesting because the pastor continued down that thought process, saying people in the Old Testament days lived differently and polygamy was the norm. So I deduce from this answer that people evolve and lifestyles change.
It’s not hard to believe that we evolve; history teaches this over and over again. Once upon a time, slavery was the thing to do, interracial marriage was illegal, women couldn’t vote or have careers in male-dominated industries…
So then my mind wondered, why hasn’t there been a newer New Testament written and distributed for the new age? Clearly lifestyles have changed and our brains have evolved to a higher level of thinking. Women are leaders, same sex couples marry and technology has changed the way we see the world. There is no way around evolution. As we continue to advance, our brains helps us figure out our purpose here on Earth. We lost sight throughout history and now, through evolution, we are coming full circle.
I’m not saying that the bible is wrong and shouldn’t be read. I just simple wonder if we lose sight of the real message it’s supposed to give by putting too much weight on the portions that become irrelevant with the changes of time. I know that a major lesson is LOVE. Love thy neighbor as thyself (Mark 12:31). You can’t love each person if you are busy judging (and condemning) their lifestyle… right?
What do you think? Do we have hope for our future?