Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sacred Idol...

So this morning we were having our creative team meeting for Hungry (aka - Mimosas in the Morning... ok, not really... or, yet at least) and we were discussing the series we are in right now in Genesis. We started talking about how hard it is to really analyze this text b/c it was written by a specific guy in a specific culture. Obviously we are not that guy or living in the same world so how are we to really understand it. I mean none of us have been around more than say (I'll guess high) 1000 years and this was written well before 1000 yrs. ago.

(If you are afraid of possible heresy, quit reading here)
Then I brought up the idea that sometimes I feel as though our "doctrines/theologies/explanations" can get in the way of just accepting (or more importantly worshipping) God as God whether we understand/can-explain Him or not. I wonder how God's people made it through years of not knowing completely how to explain the Trinity or how God does or doesn't know who will go to hell (but then again their view of hell was probably different then what we are taught today anyway...)

Ok, stop here if you are already mad...
Well, then I came across this article article and it got me thinking... which I like to do... It kinda speaks to what we were thinking about this morning but also raised a few other questions... I am not saying I fully agree with the whole thing, but, I am definately willing to think through anything that could be preventing me from holding our Creator and our Creator alone in the place where only He deserves to be...

I hope you hear me say this... I believe the Bible is a gift from God and is full of God's story front to back. I love it, read it, cherish it, thank God for it, and ask God to allow me to live by it. But it is true that this book has not been around as long as people have been following God and I also believe there is more to spirituality than just a book.

God, help us find our way. May you lead and may we follow. Allow us to worship You and You alone.

If this uncomfortable for you to read, simply read the post before this one... at least you'll get a laugh...

Love and Peace,

-J

3 comments:

davo said...

Doesn't seem that heretical of a statement to me. Even Billy Graham has been known to say that he doesn't understand a lot of the scriptures in the Bible. And he goes on to say that in his lifetime, he probably never will. But he's come to accept that fact, and by doing so prevents the Bible itself--as in full comprehension thereof--from getting in the way of his faith and relationship with God.

Chris said...

Nice thougthe, Necole and I had a conversation about hell last night. You can read New Kind of Christian 3, very interesting and a little scary. Coffee tomorrow???

Aaron said...

Maybe our problem is that many of us view the Bible to be a book of answers. (kind of like a textbook) We try so hard to reconcile all of the differences in the bible and "make it work" because we've got this idea that it absolutely has to remain consistent at all times. We rack our brains so much trying to fit everything together, that we sometimes overlook the beauty of the story that we're reading...and ultimately miss the point entirely.

Perhaps we should look at the Bible more as a book of questions? Maybe the Bible wasn't meant to be a textbook for systematic theology at all...but rather a story of a people striving to know God, providing insights into who/what God is.