“To think of the Bible as an almanac or law book is a fundamentally wrong way of thinking about the Bible. The Bible doesn’t provide all the answers in a legalistic sense for two primary reasons. First, it would be practically impossible – the Bible would have to contain millions of pages (Have you ever seen a law library!?) Second, and perhaps more important, such a use of scripture is entirely contrary to God’s intention to create free, rational, thinking beings that bear his image.
Christianity is not about rules! That’s moralism. That’s Pharisaism. Christianity is about the life of Christ imparted to the human race. The Bible doesn’t give us all the answers, but it does provide us with a structure for renewing our minds. Simply put, the Bible can teach us to think. As we learn to think in a Christlike manner, we can begin to discern the will of God. But if all we want to do is “paint by numbers” with the Bible … well, most recognize that it’s possible to “biblically” justify almost anything with a concordance and a bit of cleverness.”
–Brian Zahnd, from Beauty will Save the World