The hashtag #TheBibleHasTaughtMe has been circulating around Twitter, and while some of the tweets are positive and encouraging, others are quite the opposite.
In a column for Christian Today, Rev. Mark Woods writes that Twitter can often be a hostile place for Christians, as is seen with #TheBibleHasTaughtMe.
Some of the tweets using the hashtag are consistent with the hashtag’s original purpose. #TheBibleHasTaughMe “no matter what I’m going through, I can turn my eyes to Jesus and He will always accept me with open arms,” tweeted one user. #TheBibleHasTaughtMe “to be fearless,” tweeted another; “that God can use anybody no matter what they’ve done in the past,” wrote yet another.
Some Twitter users, however, saw the hashtag as an opportunity to mock the Bible which they do not believe in.
"#TheBibleHasTaughtMe you can get married as many times as you like, as long as you're not gay." David Baddiel wrote, also posting a picture of controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to illustrate his point.
"#TheBibleHasTaughtMe to know my place as a woman and not talk back to my husband for I am his property,” said another Twitter user.
Because some Twitter users used the hashtag in sincerity and others used it to mock the Bible, Woods says this shows that Christians must be ready to encounter opposing viewpoints if they decide to use social media.
A hashtag such as this is also helpful in allowing Christians to see how non-Christians view their faith. It may help Christians to engage unbelievers in a better way, Woods suggests, because their own faith will be challenged and strengthened.
Publication date: May 3, 2016