Bible passage taken out of context

Henry Siewert attempted to mock Donna Holman’s use of Psalms to support being against abortion by citing Psalm 137:9 about one being happy about dashing their children against stones (“Ambiguous Bible supports causes,” Feb. 3). Then he said the Bible is so “ambiguous and contradictory” that it can be used to support “just about any cause.”

Siewert fails to give the context of his passage, and so makes it appear to support his claim. The context of that passage is that Israel is in captivity in Babylon, and the “happy” part is when God pays back Babylon for its treatment of Israel, and warfare will result in the destruction of all of Babylon, including their children. Isaiah 13:16 prophesied this when he said of Babylon, “Their little children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes ...”

Siewert is correct: Cults and false teachers make the Bible say anything they want it to say, but they have to take things out of context to do so.

That is true with any document — after all, the Supreme Court abused the Constitution when the court discovered the right to murder the unborn in the “emanations” of the “penumbra” in the right to privacy.

Glenn E. Chatfield

North Liberty 

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