Last night I asked the question whether we are missing the point when it comes to the role the Bible plays in the lives of (doubtful) believers. Let’s try to unpack this question.
Are we missing the point?
Yes we are missing the point when the Bible is seen as the one and only truth about God. That only those who read and believe it can know God. It is as if the Bible becomes God and God becomes the Bible.
Yes we are missing the point when we read it as if the context and paradigm gaps between us and the text don’t apply.
Yes we are missing the point when the Bible is used as a sword in human hands to divide, hurt, offend and separate.
Yes we are missing the point when words written to groups of people for the benefit and growth of a whole community, is turned into a book called: “My Bible” where I, the individual, or we a specific group of people can claim exclusive rights to the Truth(s) we get out of it.
Yes we are missing the point when reading the Bible becomes the goal of our faith journey. When we think that this is the only thing God asks of us: To read a very old book.
Yes we are missing the point when we constantly feel guilty about not reading it.
And of course no...
No we are not missing the point when the Bible is part of an integrated spiritual journey defined by an honest longing to know God. On this journey the Bible is a conversation friend, a space where old stories come to life in the lives of those who are reading it. Together with other voices the Bible can help shape our own story towards the Big Story we call God.
How this “shaping of stories” takes place, I am going to need a few more posts to figure out. Stay tuned...