Not really. You just remember that no language has a personal pronoun for “none of the above.” :-)
Kady M.
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All your points (with which I personally agree, by the way) all appeal to some sort of argument (no “none of the above” pronoun) or authority (commentator) outside of scripture itself.

And Christianity is replete with such “outside of scrpiture” appeals, but Protestantism, especially envangelicalism, denies almost all of them. At least Judaism seems to allow for differing interpretations, almost even embracing them, in the Talmud and Midrash. I can’t speak to the Muslim faith. I would appreciate any insight you may offer.

And that is the point. We are always reading and interpreting scripture as well as its history (such as our own intercourse recently about Confederate statue matters) through a cultural mores lens of our time. Sometimes it takes a not so long to start to question them and sometimes quite some time. People used scripture to justify white supremacy (not referring to white _supremacists_ directly), inferiority of women (which I have read pastors who use God’s gender specific scriptural references to justify), and slavery.

The question is when will we finally stop pretending to know concretely non-concrete matters. When is scripture actually telling us what we think it is and when isn’t it. I have a feeling we are a long way a ways from that. It will probably happen when we finally understand the two greatest commands, to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and want to live them daily. But that’s only my guess.

Joe

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