Thursday, July 14, 2005

On the Bible...

I have been pondering a lot lately on the place of the Bible as a tool for spiritual formation. How important is it? Can we know or understand God outside of the Bible? Can we have a relationship with God where the Bible plays no part in that? I think I've got a couple of clues where I stand on some of those, but still working.

I guess I have never been somebody who has relied on the Bible as part of my personal spiritual formation, it has played a big part at various times, but I have gone for ages where I haven't even looked at it, but still felt my relationship with God has grown. I think for a long time that was the rebelious nature in me, trying to stick it up all those people who I'd felt pressured me to read it over the years. I've mellowed a bit on that one, and am now starting to realise the richness to be gained from engaging with the Scriptures.

If we look at the Bible as the story of God's interaction with the world, maybe I need to be soaking in, engaging with, viewing my own life through the lens of that story, to better see where God's story can become my own. Seeing where God's story enriches, challenges and stretches my own. Seeing where God is challenging me to view my own life from the viewpoint of Jesus, to see how much of Jesus people can really see when they see me...

2 comments:

Garth said...

I would only say that your question is an interesting one given that Christians are programmed to know God entirely through bible study and the like.

Given that heritage, the journey away from the written word to test the spiritual senses(hey we know the theory up to our ears by now) would seem essential to me.


Could we achieve the same without the scriptures?...I think not, that's why we have been given it, yet without the Bible people still believe in a God that is good, all powerful, etc, etc which would suggest that creation still points to Him.

Digger said...

Yeah Garth I think I'm lucky to have not grown up being 'programmed' or anything like that, and so am seeking to discover where it fits in for myself.

I think you're right that all of Creation does indeed point to God, same idea as that verse from Ecclesiasties where it says 'God has set eternity in the hearts of men' but we still do have the Bible for a reason etc.