We can’t “boyd” the Bible?
My boys have now mastered something I first noticed a few years ago. I can’t find a specific word for this precise trick so I have come to call it the “boyd.” (Yes I made the word boy a past tense verb.) Here is what they do.
Sometimes I ask the kids to do something like clean their room, so let’s go with this for our example. After receiving the parental mandate they head upstairs and start the cleaning process. Let’s say I adjust the task delineation and ask one of the boys to help mom vacuum. So I call upstairs to one of my sons, “Come here, I need your help with something.” He then comes downstairs and starts helping mom. After awhile I walk back upstairs and enter into the boys’ room to find my eldest reading a book. As I get him in trouble for disobeying he states, “Dad you told us to clean our room, but Nate isn’t cleaning so I figured I didn’t have to either.” Did you catch what happened? He assumed that the exception I granted his brother negated the primary objective, thus freeing him from this harsh chore. This seems silly at face value, and it ought to. Of course any reasonable person would assume that I still wanted my eldest son to finish the task unless I clearly pulled him away from it. This type of behavior I have come to call the “boyd” because my boys are so good at it.
We do this too. We find clear teachings in the Bible like baptism and then use the thief on the cross who is promised paradise as an excuse to abdicate us from this same practice throughout the rest of Christian history. This is a wrong interpretation of Scripture. We should keep the same course until there is a clear Biblical redirection. Kosher foods for example would be a clear redirection. Peter clearly teaches that those rules have changed.
So here is the question we must wrestle with: When the Bible offers a clear directive and you think you can find possible exception(s) to a teaching, does this allow us to abandon the clear teaching offered in the text?
What is the clear teaching in Scripture?
Is there a clear Christian-wide redirectional teaching in these supposed exceptions?
I believe it possible some Christians are hanging some of their core beliefs on a “boyd”.