Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace. Romans 14:19
I remember hearing my dad talk about how difficult it was to walk away from unending arguments over differing interpretations of the Bible. By contrast he recalled how good it was when both sides agreed to disagree.
But is it really possible to set aside irreconcilable differences when so much seems to be at stake? That’s one of the questions the apostle Paul answers in his New Testament letter to the Romans. Writing to readers caught in social, political, and religious conflict, he suggests ways of finding common ground even under the most polarized conditions (14:5–6).
According to Paul, the way to agree to disagree is to recall that each of us will answer to the Lord not only for our opinions but also for how we treat one another in our differences (v. 10).
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For most of the past century, scholars have tended to regard the story of the Exodus as a myth — a story meant to inspire awe and devotion but not one grounded in history. However, recent archaeological discoveries have begun to change that.
The doubts scholars have had about the story of the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt may be summed up in the words of Baruch Halpern, a professor at Penn State: “the actual evidence concerning the Exodus,” he says, “…resembles the evidence for the unicorn.”
As justification for their skepticism, scholars point to the lack of references in Egyptian chronicles of the period to either the Hebrews’ sojourn in Egypt or the Exodus.
But as Jeffrey Sheler points out in the book, “Is The Bible True?,” while there may be no specific mention of the Hebrews in ancient Egyptian records, there is plenty of indirect and circumstantial…
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