But Does It Really Say That?

The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.
Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard
Soren Kierkegaard was a 19th century philosopher and theologian who died young (42) but left a legacy of thought provoking writings on faith and what it means to believe. Unfortunately, within Christendom there are almost as many denominations as there are view points of Scripture. Without pointing fingers or casting stones I think we all must one day ask ourselves –
What Do We Believe anyway?!?!?
Is the Bible truth? Do you believe in the entire Bible? Is some of it just fables that are meant to teach us something practical? Did Adam and Eve really live in the Garden of Eden? What about Noah and the Arc? Are the stories written in the Old Testament fact or fiction? What about Jesus? Was Mary a virgin? Did Christ perform miracles? Did He rise from the dead?
What Do We Believe anyway?!?!?
I may have shared this in a previous blog, but just to personalize this all important question I will repeat myself here. Years ago, when Betty and I first met we would often times engage in theological discussions. My belief being a more conservative/fundamental one then hers would always bring us to an impasse. It is because of this impasse that I took a radical approach – The Big Red Marker!
What Do We Believe anyway?!?!?
   “Ok, Betty, I respect your opinion of scripture. How you think some of it is true and other parts just stories to teach us life lessons. Here is a Bible and a big red marker. Please strike a line threw the parts that aren’t true and leave the parts that are real untouched! “

    Betty cringed at the idea of “x-ing” out any part of scripture and reconsidered her own view point regarding the truth of Gods Word. But, don’t we all use a big red marker to some unconsciousness degree or another? Don’t we tell ourselves that “It can’t possibly mean that!” or “That doesn’t pertain to us now.”? After all, as Kierkegaard said –We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. So, it (the Bible) can’t possibly say or mean that!?!? Right?

As I mentioned, I am a fundamentalist, that is I take God at His Word. After all if, the Word of God is not true than what can I believe in? Paul said that if Christ was not raised then or preaching is foolishness. If Jesus did not pay the price for my sins then how can I? Without the Hope that the Bible and Jesus brings the world is a dark scary place.
Open Book NYPL B&WEvery Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 2 Timothy 3:16 AMP
In the end it doesn’t come down to just what we believe but rather whether or not we are willing to live like we believe it!
Be Blessed, Al

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