07. Good News of Great Joy

Manger at night under fog

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
Luke 2: 8 – 14

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05. The Literal, Beautiful Mess We Call The Bible. Pt3

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Editor’s Note: “This is the third in a three-part article discussing my approach to the Bible.  Previous articles are listed below:”
Part 1 – How it fell apart
Part2 – Real People, Real Times, Real Reasons

Part 3 – The Stories Beneath The Stories

In our previous conversations we have looked into a few different ideas for how we can approach the Bible. In our final article in this series I’d like to take us one step further and ask you to evaluate the scriptures in the context of the thematic method they are being told within. Too often we simply look at the scriptures as a literal, inerrant, retelling of historical events and interactions with God. But this is a problem. Reading the scriptures in this manner strips them down to simple ancient history and removes the much bigger picture that they convey. Continue reading “05. The Literal, Beautiful Mess We Call The Bible. Pt3”

04. The Literal, Beautiful Mess we call the Bible. Pt2

Mexico, Michoacan, Morelia, books in university library

Editor’s Note: “This is the second in a three-part article discussing my approach to the Bible.  Previous articles are listed below:”
Part 1 – How it fell apart

Part 2 – Real People, Real Times, Real Reasons…

The previous article discusses many of the explanations and reasoning behind why my faith in the Bible fell apart several years ago, but like many articles on this site it is important to understand that the story does not end there. I did not simply walk away from the Bible, tossing it aside as if it were simply a dated, fictional book with no value. I was, and still am, continually drawn back to the scriptures. There is something beautiful found within. While I lost the ability to experience divinity within because of the literal, inerrant requirements that had been placed on them; I continued to return to them time and time again. Something within those pages called to me, something within stirred my soul and continued to pull me towards a better understanding of scripture that allowed divinity to reveal itself, free of the shackles of my previous conceptions.

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03.The Literal, Beautiful Mess we call the Bible. Pt 1

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Editor’s Note: “This is the first in a multi-part article deconstructing the way I approached the Bible.  This first article explains the issues that led to me losing my faith in scripture, the following articles will explain how I regained my love and appreciation for them.  This post should not be taken as an attack on scripture, but rather my journey to an updated appreciation of the scriptures.”

Part 1 – How it fell apart

In earlier articles, I have alluded to the fact that one of the major problems that led to my disbelief was the teaching that the Bible is an inerrant, infallible book which must be taken 100% literally. To read it any other way, I was taught, distorts and corrupts the message of God. While I had heard of other interpretations on scripture, I was taught that their view point was heretical, dangerous, and one that I should avoid at all costs. So for much of my early life I did just that.

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