I have said many times before (as my regular readers certainly know) that biblical and theological ignorance is rampant in the U.S., including in congregations of many different religions.
It's not just Christians, my faith community, who don't know shari'a from shekhinah. But for sure many Christians must plead guilty to such religious illiteracy. (The book to read is Religious Literacy, by Stephen Prothero.)
Now and then someone will compile a list of sayings or beliefs that are accepted as traditional Christian teachings or wisdom but that fly in the face of the biblical witness or what orthodox (lower-case o) Christianity teaches.
I ran across such a list the other day and I invite you to ponder it this weekend. It's called "Seven Things People Think Are in the Bible (But Totally Aren't)." You'll find it here.
Now, you can argue this or that point with the author of this piece, but I think you'll find it worth your while to ask whether you've bought some of this stuff without thinking it through carefully.
If so, just remember that God helps those who helps themselves -- unless, of course, that's just unbiblical nonsense (which it is).
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THE BIBLE AS 'FICTION'?
Uh-oh. A distributor accidently mislabeled Bibles that Costco had for sale as "fiction" and Costco didn't catch it in time. Costco has fixed the problem and apologized. But if you're going to give the Bible any traditional bookstore label, what would it be? History? Uh, not all of it. Poetry? Well, parts of it. Maybe mystery, except so few people of faith are comfortable with mystery, preferring stone cold answers in black and white.