Christians can sometimes be accused of cherry picking the Bible, especially from among Old Testament laws and commands. For example, quoting commands that prohibit homosexual behaviour (Leviticus 18:22), but then completely ignoring commands that prohibit weaving two different fabrics together. (Leviticus 19:19).
In truth, Christians can be guilty of selective Bible reading. We dismiss some commands as no longer applicable while affirming others as still binding without really knowing or explaining why. When we do, it does tend to look like we’re just picking the commands that reflect the values we already hold.
The solution is to allow the Bible to speak for itself.
In this episode, Scott and Shawn discuss three principles to use to determine from the Bible when to consider laws or commandments as particular to Israel, and only for a time in the past, and when to take them as universal for all people in all places and for all times.