I recently read a wonderful article posted on Sojourners regarding the interview that Bill Maher did with Jim Wallis. Bill Maher asks two major questions, that I too have had to address recently:
Maher asks, “How do you reconcile this idea that it all comes from the Bible, but the Bible is so flawed … I mean, it’s just so full of either nonsense or viciousness.”
“Explain to me,” Maher said, “how a book that’s written by God, who’s perfect, has so much … It’s pro-slavery, pro-polygamy, it’s homophobic, God in the Old Testament is a psychotic mass murder … and I always say to my religious friends: If a pool had even one turd in it, would you jump in?”
I think that Jim Wallis did a good job of not feeding into the negativity that Bill Maher was spewing about the Bible and directing his focus on the poor. I also think that the other commentators did a good job on making the connection between the importance of the Bible and social justice. As a society, if we are not able to help those who are less fortunate than the majority, than we are failing as a society, because our success is linked, and made clear, as expressed by Mandela in the principles of ubuntu. The Bible is the greatest book ever written because it addresses every condition and problem that is faced by mankind, and draws out the intent of the reader. Anyone who rallies around the basic principles of loving thy neighbor as you love thyself can understand the necessity for the Bible, and comes to appreciate its passages for all that they are, and for all that they are not, because it leaves room for us to still exercise our free wills. You can choose to accept the book or not, with the understanding that everything written in it is not to be taken literally, it is to serve as an example on how to live a fuller life. Read the following article and view the interview and tell me what you think.