Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Price of Ignorance Is Too High

Today I'm writing the introduction to my essay on textual criticism for the conference book. 

Don't think that it's easier to ignore textual problems than to deal with them. It's not. Did Jesus forbid all anger or only unjustified anger? Did he claim to be on heaven and on earth at the same time? Did he command us to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"? Is the story about Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman authentic? Should 1 Tim. 3:16 read "God was manifested in the flesh" or "He who was manifested in the flesh"? 

It requires strength and daring to face these questions head on. I think we pay a huge price for ignorance in such matters.