Ever know anyone who said the Bible is open to interpretation? I know parts of the Bible can be confusing but I don’t see any “gray” areas. Granted, some secret things belong to the Lord and only the Lord “but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of his law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
Knowing that, how can anyone say that they believe in God and then go through His Word, picking and choosing what is truth and what is subject to opinion? The Bible in it’s entirety is what we are to live by in order for our Christian lives to be whole & complete.
In Deuteronomy 4:2, Moses tells the Israelites:
“Do not add to what I commanded you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”
As oftentimes is the case, I see comparisons in God’s word to parenting. My oldest son is the worst about doing “half” of what I ask him to do. For example, I say “Isaiah, take all your dirty laundry downstairs, put your darks in the wash, your whites in the basket. Don’t forget to bring up your clean clothes and put them all away.” While he manages to get the clothes to the laundry room, they end up in a heap on the floor in the vicinity of the washing machine. Clean stack may or may not reach it’s destination but they certainly do not find their way to the closet. The end of his bed is about as far as he can manage. When I call to his attention that he did not quite follow directions, I get the exhausted response of a teenager. As he huffs and walks away, I explain the importance of listening to every word that is spoken, not just the highlight reel!
See the resemblance? Some like to think that as long as they obey the main points of the Bible; do not kill, steal, cheat or lie that they can overlook the more intricate details lying just beneath the surface; details that can lead to a more intimate relationship with our Creator. God is not a waster of words. If He saw fit to give it as a command, then there was good reason behind it. His word is for our benefit. He didn’t throw out a random list of rules in hopes of making our lives miserable. Just as any good parent would, He set boundaries for us to prevent us from self-destruction.