You don’t have to take it as gospel

Despite of having read all of the Bible – and wrestled with many of its passages – I had never read it straight through until a few years ago. (Rather, it had been piecemeal. Seeing it in the larger structure presents some unique hurdles and troubling assumptions, as well as an evolving comprehension of the Holy One and faithfulness. )

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been retracing that experience with a new post each week at my As Light Is Sown blog. My reflections, as you might expect, are quite unorthodox, and in the books of the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament), they’ve been augmented by heartfelt insights and confessions by some wonderful Jewish poets and novelists – not  the stuff commonly encountered in Christian circles. You don’t have to be a believer to be engage with these stories. Think of them like Shakespearean or Greek drama, if you will, filled with human drama.

It’s a much different approach than reading it as law, one filled with more punishments than rewards. No, this is essentially about life itself.

I’d love for you to join in the series – and look forward, especially, to your reactions and comments.

4 thoughts on “You don’t have to take it as gospel

  1. I find (my experience) that I understand better a particular part of the bible when I reference the new and old testaments on the subject. For example, after hearing the news a couple days ago about The United Nations naming The Temple Mount as only Muslim site, when we all know the Jewish origins, and the controversy it seemed to start, I wanted to know more on the meaning of this, then and now. The old testament gave the origins and meaning (especially for Jews) and through the new testament I understood the great significance of the temple as an allegory for Christians, and how it all ties together. I was in awe, because I never saw it that way before. Without making this too long let me see if I can explain.
    *God tells Israel to build temple and purify it (blood) so He can inhabit it to be able to talk to people back then. There were many restrictions.
    * The temple becomes the holy site where God resides, His spirit.
    * In the new testament, the Temple takes a new meaning. God sends Jesus.
    *Jesus dies (blood sacrifice) so anyone who believes in Him can be closer to God (saved) and receives the Holy Spirit of God.
    *Therefore we become temples for the Holy Spirit, and as a result God can talk to us in that way.
    And of course there are so many levels of depth to this …

    Knowing this, I understood the great significance of the United Nations step, and why Jews and Christians do not agree.

    Food for thought. I hope it wasn’t too long. Hard to resume it in a few bullets. I will check out your new site.

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