The Final Episode of Bible Secrets Revealed January 27, This is the sixth and final installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed for others installments, see here , here, here , here , and here.
It looks like the History Channel saved the best or most controversial for last. Millions of people around the world look to the Bible for moral guidance about marriage, faith and family. But could the Bible contain contradictions, or hidden meanings, that challenge our beliefs about what is right—and what is wrong—when it comes to human sexuality? Gee, I wonder what the answer to this question will be. As we will see below, despite the veneer of neutrality here, the History Channel has no intention of presenting both sides of the issue.
It has a clear agenda to push the boundaries about what the Bible really teaches about sex. So, here are some issues the video raises, and my responses: Does Ruth try to seduce Boaz? Not surprisingly, the episode quickly gets to the story of Ruth and Boaz. But, rather than seeing it as a story of love and redemption as Boaz rescues Ruth from her life as a widow , it presents it as a story of sex and seduction.
In particular, the video claims that when Ruth uncovers the feet of Boaz, it is her attempt to have sexual relations with him. But is that really the case? For one, the Bible never shies away from telling the reader when people have sexual relations e.
And then, to top it off, Boaz commends her integrity v. These are hardly the actions of a man who just sleeps around with girls on the threshing floor. Does the Bible condone sexual promiscuity for the sake of procreation? Next, the episode brings up the story of Abraham and Sarah and how they used a servant, Hagar, to have children. The problem with this perspective is that it is taught nowhere in the actual text of the story.
The actions of Sarah and Abraham are not commended and lauded by Scripture, but rather their actions are portrayed as an act of faithlessness. If anything, therefore, the story upholds the integrity of marriage! In all of this, the video makes no distinction between actions that are described in Scripture, versus actions that are prescribed by Scripture.
The two are not the same, even though the episode frequently confuses and mixes them. This explains, it is argued, why the Pharisees in the story were so appalled—they could not believe Jesus was so accepting. But, what is actually appalling here is the bad exegesis of this passage of Scripture. But, this is a twisting of the story. That is why Jesus tells the story of the moneylender who had two debtors.
This woman recognized the depth of her sin, whereas the Pharisees did not. This is hardly a condoning of her lifestyle. He is always gracious to repentant sinners, but that does not mean that they are not sinners. Thus, the interpretation of this story offered by the History Channel could not be more off the mark.
It is the sheer opposite of what Jesus meant. Were David and Jonathan Lovers? Well, it was inevitable. You knew eventually this video would raise this question. Unfortunately, our modern world is so overly-sexualized that it can recognize no other love than sexual love. Eros love so dominates modern thinking, that there can be no other options.
Lewis lamented this very thing when he talked about male friendships, which he said could be even more intimate in a non-sexual way than male-female relationships. The truth of the matter is that there is zero evidence that David and Jonathan had a sexual relationship. Was Sodom condemned for lack of hospitality? First, even if the interpretation is true, it has nothing to do with whether the Bible condemns homosexuality.
Even if Sodom was only condemned for lack of hospitality, there are still numerous other passages that make it clear that homosexuality is not condoned by the Bible.
Is this describing just the ongoing lack of hospitality? That is difficult to believe. Third, nowhere in Scripture does it tell us that Sodom was condemned for lack of hospitality. But Scripture does link Sodom with sexual deviancy. In the end, the History Channel has produced a documentary with one simple purpose: No doubt, many will watch such a video and conclude that there is no clear sexual guidance in the Bible; and therefore they can choose whichever sexual path feels best to them.
However, Jesus has a very different perspective about such things. He is not at all confused and unclear. He is very plain in Matt What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.