The Bible is not God. It has not and does not create, heal, save or restore. It is God the Father, Son and Spirit that does all that. Amen you all say…
…So why is it that so many people seem to get the two confused? I just don’t understand some peoples logic. let me explain.
I’ll always rant about theologians and pastors who take shots at other believers and then go on telling as many people as possible about how right they are because they ‘teach the bible properly’…but that manor is so annoying and it is such an arrogant mentality for a follower of Jesus to have. All it is doing in the Church is making bigots and fanatics that would die for the Bible yet still hesitate for Jesus. There is something very wrong with that…
Please don’t misunderstand me. I think the Bible is God breathed (Tim 3:16) and I also believe that if we want to understand Who Jesus is and what following him looks like we only have to read the gospels and look at the church in Acts as they try and work it out. But what IS wrong (and only wrong when it is forced upon another) is the mentality that ‘If you don’t see this scripture this way…your wrong and therefore a heretic’. REALLY?
The Bible is not God. God is God and this God gave us scriptures so that we could see that YHWH is the only God and that following Him means following his Son…which is not a debatable subject:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:36-40)
or if you want it in short hand:
Love God. Love People.
And what does that look like? Well Matt 6 is a good place to start: Make your decisions God decisions not (I) decisions. Instead of justifying actions by verses, read the life of Jesus and make his decisions your decisions. Even though we are reading the life of a 1st Century Palestinian, nothing is new under the Sun, or subject to your culture, whether that be tribalism, materialism, or 2.4 children-ism. Jesus put Gods will at the center (his good, perfect and pleasing will-Rom 12) and then served those in need; and by served I mean…served..not preached…he preached to explain the actions but he started with actions.
I must say one more thing. Jesus is actually amazing. really amazing! I just wish we would remember that. His first preach (Luke 4:16-21) was basically I am here to do business with the distortions in creation…and he did. He actually did what he was saying he would! He would heal and then talk, feed and then explain, love and then correct. That’s the way Jesus did it, so why do we spend so much time talking? Church can so often feel like the changing rooms before a football match, we spur, challenge, get passionate about the game…but never touch the field.
A little disclaimer. I am not coming at anyone in particular to bring some sort of guilt trip. That is what I can’t stand…bullying people into the kingdom…that is not what the kingdom is about. This is just the thoughts of a Youth Worker trying to get on to the field where so many others are and at the same time encourage those on to the fields I have stepped out on to.
So thanks for reading. I hope this has encouraged you to read the gospels and get back to basics and get back in touch our creator and Savior; and in the words of St Francis:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection,starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. Amen.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.
And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love an pray for this day, and forever more.