The Bible is a magnificent human record of people elevating the value of each other. There’s a record of mavericks moving the cheese, raising the bar, turning the dial up, ratcheting the next click upward and onward. Read it with those lenses. All the writers and passages are not equals. There are those arguing to go backwards, others arguing to stay put where we are and then the divinely inspired heretics making new and outrageous proposals and innovations moving humanity forward! In no uncertain terms Jesus was such a heretic.
But Pastor Paul, isn’t the Word of God, infallible, inerrant, inspired? Well yes, then around 18 he grew a beard.
— Pastor Paul Bergmann