Bible’s content inspires good

To the editor:

Like clockwork, another letter appeared in the DMG from David Keranen, timed to fit the one-letter-a month limit.

In it (DMG 4-16-l9) he chides Bible-believers for cherry-picking scripture for favorable passages. Yet in the same letter he once again cherry-picks Old Testament passages to use against God. One time Jesus addressed people who searched the scriptures to find the one thing they still needed to have eternal life. They didn’t grasp that their book from Genesis on was testifying to them about the Savior now speaking to them (John 5:39).

David Keranen is a learned man, but he seems to have a tin ear and dim eye for what is beautiful and uplifting in the Bible. One time I referred him to David’s beloved Psalm 23. He flicked it aside as though it were a dead fly and dismissed David as “not a good man.” Does this David call himself a good man?

King David was deeply contrite and repentant for his transgressions. His Psalm 53 tells that he felt the bone-breaking weight of God’s judgment. But he implored God to create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within him. And God did.

Mr. Keranen would perhaps profit from spending a year in a Christian congregation like the one I know, among which are university faculty and students. They are not unlearned.

Nor are the townsfolk. I have seen the Bible help people through tragedy and loss. I’ve also seen members support one another with kindness and friendship. They help others, too. A recent study found that church-goers give to charities significantly more than do the unchurched.

The Bible has inspired world-renowned works of music and art. Its themes and accents show up in many acclaimed literary works. In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment the murderer Raskolnikov thought he was an “Übermensch,” above common morality. Now he was in a Siberian prison, languishing in the slough of despondency. The woman in his former life visited him and read to him from the Gospel of John. It was the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:17-27).

Robert Paul