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The bible is a strange power.
If your mind is divisive and exclusive, it will strengthen that.
If your mind is unifying and inclusive, it will strengthen that.
So the Southern Baptists tell pastors to hold the line on gays.
Drawing lines in the sand.
Lines of separation.
One of the verses of the Bible that actually helped to liberate me from this kind of dogmatism was Ephesians 2:14:
“For he himself is out peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”
Decades ago I understood this to mean that it was a done deal. This means that there is therefore now no separation and that we are indeed all one. The separation we perceive is only an illusion. A very powerful one. But an illusion nevertheless.
The bible, if read divisively and exclusively, that same cure turns into a virus that fortifies division and exclusivity and make it even more resistant to change. It can reinforce a fundamentalist mindset.
However, the bible also carries a cure that annihilates a divisive and exclusive hermeneutic.
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