Which parts of the Bible do you believe?
As good Evangelicals, we like to say, “All of it!” We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, holy word of God, and we “take it literally”—it means what it says. How often do we hear someone say something along the lines of, “We can’t be picking and choosing which verses God really meant.”
Yet, we do that all the time.
You’ve probably heard of A.J. Jacobs’ book, The Year of Living Biblically. (If you haven’t read it, please do—it’s a fun book and I recommend it.) Then there’s Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I have not yet read that one yet, although I intend to. Both of these authors point out that we don’t really do everything God says to do in the Bible. Most of the time, we don’t even try.