Im beginning to understand how christians understand their Holy Book and that the way they understand it is very, very different from the way others understand the bible. The way *I* see it is that the Bible, my Holy Book, is alive. Not alive as in something to be worshipped as we would worship God, but that, in our opinion (and there are many who believe this way, some dont tho), being God's word, its breathing, living, and in that way its inspiring, but inspiring isnt the word Im looking for, and it grossly understates what Im trying to say. Its not always changing (infact its always changing, challenging us!) but there are levels of spiritual meaning, depths to be searched
, hidden gems to be found
, and a lot of times meaning is very much hidden. I will read one book or chapter or verse over and over, then years later (or weeks or months) read it again and think 'I know Ive read this over and over, how did I miss that
before?'. Ive realised, from my own very personal experience, that if we dont have the Holy Spirit helping us, its just words on paper with little or no meaning. And that certainly without the Holy Spirit it is completely impossible to get the meaning out of it that God intended. Glancing at it wont do to get any
kind of meaning from it or to make any kind of opinion of it. I really believe the bible is a book to be really really studied to get any kind of meaning out of it. Its GOT to be searched, wrestled with, not to be put down or else you will never get what you're meant to get out of it... I suppose one has to be willing
to get something out of it in the first place.
I believe that the bible is an inspired book, inspired as in inspired by God. That God preserved it, thru the millenia, from the Jewish scriptures right thru to revelation (nt) from translation to translation. I believe God is perfect and that he perfectly preserved it for us today. I say believe, but its more accurate to say that its something that Ive discovered.
ThomasL, I will agree with you on one thing...
|There is a much deeper meaning to things beyond what is written.
To the rest, Jesus either said it or He didnt. If he did say He was the way, the truth, and the Life and the only way to the Father, He said alot of other things that have to be taken into account as well, and which contradict what you assert. If he did say that
, but not the rest, but the rest is attributed to him as well, then some of it must be false, but which bits? What part do we accept and what do we reject? Only what we like, and leave out the parts we dont?
I personally believe he left a perfect account of what he said with his earliest followers and that is what they recorded and that is what made its way into the bible.