“Hey, do you want some ice cream?” my childhood friend would say.
“Sure!” I’d reply.
A few seconds later, when he’d find his mom, I’d invariably overhear him say, “ Kevin wants some ice cream. Can he have some?” Of course, he’d follow up by asking for his own bowl, too.
It is common for us to ask questions “for a friend” when we don’t want to appear to be the one who is asking. It’s one thing when we’re craving a bowl of ice cream. It’s another when the question is uncomfortable or delicate. When we ask a question for a friend, we avoid emotions like shame (to admit a need), embarrassment (about looking foolish), or fear (of being rejected).
Such is the case with this question. None of us would overtly claim that we disagree with the Bible. No; we’re far too concerned with saving face. For that reason—and because I must also personally relate with this question—I’m using the first person. I’m not as concerned about why he, she, or they struggle to agree with the Bible. I’m concerned with why I struggle. If you can relate, join me.