The Bottom Line……. November 30, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
The bottom line of what I’m saying in this blog is that I disagree with the premise that “we cannot know God apart from his word (implied the Bible).” This is a concept that has been ingrained in me from my Pentecostal/Charismatic/WOF background. I believe we know God through many other means – mainly our hearts & spirit. The Bible is our Holy Scriptures, but it’s Holy only because we say it is. Every Christian should do a study of how the Christian Bible was compiled.
The authenticity of the Bible has nothing to do with my faith in my creator and the way I believe we were designed to live – walking in love, compassion, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and tolerance to those around us and honoring and respecting creation in general. From my perspective, this is a higher way to live than attempting to follow a confusing book that has spawned zillions of denominations because we cannot agree on its meaning. If I give my kids direction, believe me, I make it as clear as possible because I want them to understand what I’m saying. I am very careful that there are no misinterpretations. The concept of speaking in parables so those hearing will not understand is just wierd. Stories are there to make things clearer and so people can relate to a higher concept.
I believe the basic truths are very simple. They include – love God, love your neighbor, and be kind one to another. Beyond that, the rest is just noise and in most cases is the root of wars, terrorism, genocide, and intolerance.
This makes so much sense to me. Who gives a damn about the meaning of Revelations? How does that apply to my life now and how I treat my wife, my kids, my co-workers, and my neighbors? Since I’ve quit trying to defend the Bible, its contradictions, its inconsistencies, its concepts that we just will never understand or agree on the meaning; and simply focus on these basic truths, I actually feel more in touch with God than I ever have before.