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Book Lernin’ and Biblical Interpretation

April 20, 2010

Jim West posted this photo today. I say chances are 50/50 this is the “apologist” from Liberty University who was blessing us with his comments last week!

Now, ironically, my first thought is that one must learn to read books before one can read the Bible, but I was also intrigued as to the random Bible verses at the end and their possible association with God hating book learning lernin.

Psalm 5: 5

The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.

So apparently this can stand as “foundational” for the sign’s point, but really, all it means is that God hates, not that he hates book lerners.

Ironically verse 6 continues

You destroy those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

Hmmmm… I wonder how truthful this man has always been, or the deceitfulness of having this verse on his sign! Better duck.

Psalm 11:5

The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates the lover of violence.

Amos 5:15

Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

I was going to continue deconstructing this poor soul’s exegesis, but after the first verse usage: really, what’s the point? Willfully ignorant, hate-mongering, dilettante, with a fundamentally incorrect idea about the Bible. A wonderful combination if ever there was one.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 1:06 pm

    indeedy do

  2. April 20, 2010 1:52 pm

    Ironic as well that “Bible” comes from a Greek word that meant “books.”

  3. Michael B permalink
    April 20, 2010 8:23 pm

    Is this for real? Was this photoshopped, or is the guy in the picture being funny or something? This seems a little too caricatured to be believable…but then I guess caricatures and stereotypes have to come from somewhere…

  4. DJR permalink
    April 21, 2010 6:19 am

    Note the use of Comic Sans for “BOOK LERNERS”. The rest of the sign appears to be handwritten, but that portion is definitely Comic Sans. He’s actually protesting something different.

    Photoshop’d. But still amusing.

    And that dude has a great beard.

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