Romans 3:10-12 is not about the Calvinistic ideas of Total Depravity or Total inability. Yes, universal sin is taught, but Paul’s point is to put Jewish people on the same footing as Gentiles regarding their standing before God. To see this, we need to understand the context of Romans 3 in light of the overall structure and argument of Paul in his letter to the Romans.
The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how little I know about it.
The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how dangerous this book really is.
The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to see why the medieval Catholic church did not allow the average person to read and interpret it.
The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to wonder how much the Bible has truly influenced my theology, versus how much my theology has influenced my reading of the Bible.
The more I study the Bible, the less confident I am in saying that my theology is based on scriptural exegesis.
The more I study the Bible, the more confused I get by it.
In his book, The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns invites Christians to read the Bible as a conversation or dialogue, rather than an infallible text or guide. When read this way, we are invited to enter into conversation with God about the Bible, rather than simply accept everything the Bible says without question. I like this approach, but I also have misgivings.
Racial tensions are at an all time high. White people blame the black man, and black people blame the white man. But neither is at fault. I am the one at fault. It is not “they” who must die, but me. If Jesus is our guide, we bring peace, not by killing others, but by laying down our lives for others, and especially for our enemies.