Thursday, August 09, 2007
Thanks for all your comments on shame. They were all very helpful.
I do sometimes wonder about the relationship of scripture with solving our problems, forgive me on this, I believe that the bible is the word of God, but does just quoting it at our problems solve them?
Obviously it is the spirit that brings life to the word, and without the spirit the word is dead. I remember when leading a church in the UK and people would sometimes say, "there wasn't enough word this morning" and basically what they meant was you didn't quote enough Bible verses. Something can be biblical without the need to quote scripture.
Michael Riddle once said "The bible is not the word of God" a highly controversial statement but went on to say it is "the womb of the word" it is the Spirit that brings it life and makes it the word of God.
I once heard a guy called Marc Dupont say that the church has been guilty of worshiping Father Son and Holy Bible I can see were he is going with that. Do you think this could be true?
Anyway just a random ramble, what I have been trying to do over the last few weeks is memorize parts of the bible I used to do this when I was a child and it has really helped me, so it was the beatitudes last week.
The Word without the Spirit is dead, lets not just quote formulaic verses at our problems but instead allow the Spirit to do the work.
I like this little line from the Message "Don't look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don't fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life - to God! - is vigorous and requires loads of attention"
at 5:07 PM