God Unchained

A quick thought inspired by this comic: http://nakedpastor.com/2014/07/is-your-god-chained-to-the-bible/

It is almost daily that we are reminded that something is either right or wrong (usually the latter, unfortunately) because “the Bible says so”. There are two problems with that statement. First is the assumption that a book which has been translated dozens of times over the past two millenia is somehow an inerrant, perfect view of the world as God intended (a book, I would like to add, whose underlying theme revolves around the imperfectness of the humans responsible for these translations). Second is that we are then limiting God to a book. That seems like a big accusation, but one which many times is the truth. It’s something that I am guilty of as well, and I know it will take a long time to change my thinking. I don’t want to go so far as to say that we worship this book, but we certainly rely on it too often and for more than it was intended. Is it to serve as a guide? Yes, of course. Is it supposed to be the yardstick by which we measure our own personal beliefs and convictions? I don’t think so, and I hope not. It should be a component in the way that we create and evaluate our worldview, but not the only one.

While I don’t always know what is correct and incorrect when it comes to the Bible, there is one thing I am certain of. It is the underlying theme among the pages, which doesn’t rely on an inerrant translation to still be obvious. And that theme is one of redemption. A God who loved his children and creation so much that He died for us, and who time and again told us to spread the same love to others. This is what we can be certain of, that our calling is to love others unconditionally, and to love God the same way. This gives us a lens through which we can interpret the Bible, and show us God’s true intentions for the world He has entrusted us with.

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