Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For all its worth
The Bible should be read for all its worth. A friend overheard a comment at a Bible Study this week in which the women announced her belief that "you know" who is the Anti-Christ. I am not going to put the statement in print. They had scriptural proof.
I remember when it was Kennedy and then Kissinger; This kind of Bible reading has to diminish.
I am reading two excellent books on scripture that are so solid and helpful that I will be sharing some points. Book #2 is about scripture as spirituality. The author used an intriguing phrase that helps to describe part of my journey with the word in the last decade.
"The Text in Travail" He is describing the development of the story and the honesty in which scripture shows God's people violating the very tenets of wisdom that were to set them free. God functioning in a punitive manner while describing his true gracious character. We cannot therefore approach the text as if it is a blueprint or a collection of facts with none being at odds with any other. We see the good, bad, and ugly in the developing story. We choose to live where God intends us to live, in love, mercy and grace, with the full knowledge of our own failures, and our own three steps forward and two steps backward travail of our souls journey.