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.”