Taking the Bible literally (when it’s convenient)
I had the most surreal conversation with my paternal grandmother this morning while visiting them at my sister’s home. Sis had just made a pitcher of sweet tea and mentioned how much she liked drinking it.
“That’s not good for you, ” Mamaw replied.
“Well, the sugar isn’t, but the antioxidants in tea are supposed to be good for you. They are now saying that the caffeine in coffee and tea promotes blood circulation in the brain and helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease,” I said.
“Oh, they’re always coming out with some study that says something. They even claim that drinking wine or beer is good for you.”
“The Bible does mention wine is good for you, right?”
“Well, it isn’t actually talking about wine when it says that.”
“What’s it talking about?” I asked.
“We have a book that explains all about it. It wasn’t wine, but you’d just have to read the book.”
I know there are many verses in the Bible that speak negatively about drinking alchohol, but you’ve got to love how biblical literalists pick and choose which verses they are supposed to take literally. Here’s the verse I was referring to:
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. – 1 Timothy 5:23
Now, if I can only get them to apply that same kind of logic to the verses that seemingly refer to homosexuality.