In my previous life as student-of-the-liberal-church, I spent a lot of my time figuring out what I didn't have to believe about the Bible. Historical, social, or economic contexts, textual errors, authorship disputes, interpretive lenses and so on and so forth, blah blah blah.
I have mentioned before that when I was in seminary, I won an award for a very tight, well-constructed theology project. It was incredible, if I do say so myself. Everything in that paper fit together like puzzle pieces in a well-crafted frame.
It was crap.
When it came down to it, that which I had constructed was just...me. There wasn't any real depth or substance, wonder, mystery, etc. There was a small box and I filled all of it. No room for Jesus. No room for the Spirit. No room for the Creator-of-all-things.
I am at the point now where I no longer want to think about what may or may not be believable. I just believe that the Word is True. All of it.
I know some will think that is feeble-minded or that it is the "easy" way out. I would have thought that.
But I hadn't actually read the words then. And I hadn't had a real glimpse of the power of Jesus.
It's True. I don't know how, but it is.
That's all.That's enough.
"If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself." ~Augustine (a pretty smart guy)
Thanks, Roo, for the quote.