“Nowhere in the Bible”??

One phrase I wish Christians would stop using is, “nowhere in the Bible.”

I just found another instance of this. The writer was saying basically that, “Nowhere in the Bible is the concept of “rights” found.” This is obviously wrong because the apostle Paul appealed to Caesar, using his rights as a Roman citizen. Obviously, the Old Testament Jews had rights not to be harmed by those who would murder them, steal from them, or rape them.

The problem with the idea of “nowhere in the Bible” is that your knowledge of the Bible had better be encyclopaedic and flawless.

“Nowhere in the Bible” is the lazy man’s way of trying to silence his opponents with a quick, effortless (mindless?) blanket statement. 

Better to say what the Bible actually ~does~ say.

That demands humility, sincerity, reading, study, prayer, thought, and most of all enlightenment by the Holy Spirit, but at least you are not so easily exposed to the possibility of being proven wrong definitively by the casual reader, thus destroying your and perhaps the Bible’s credibility in the minds of readers.

As C.S. Lewis said, “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of being a Christian, I warn you: you are embarking on something that is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.” 

Curis Smale


What does “count it all as loss” mean?

“Counting everything as a loss except for Jesus and what He did on the cross, does not mean that food, clothing, shelter and the enjoyments of this life have no value. It is a comparison of ~relative~ value. What it means is that, compared to the eternal salvation in Jesus, all the things of this fleeting life seem like a loss, because of the surpassing nature of the salvation in Christ. “Take me to the cross” –it is the source of my salvation in Christ, and it is the source of my ongoing forgiveness in Him.”

Curtis Smale