Saturday, March 14, 2009

How to Use the Bible

I think that understanding the purpose and value of a thing is extremely important. If I bought you a new car, and you thought that a car was to be used as a house, it wouldn't take more than a few days for your car to start stinking to high heavens.
Darrin Hufford has put into words some significant thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a number of years about the purpose and use of the Bible. You will either love what he has to say or you will hate it, and possibly a lit bit of both. No matter what, you will hear a perspective that needs to at least be talked about. I personally like reading things that resonate within me right away, but I don't want to be like the Pharissees who rejected Jesus because he didn't resonate within them nor could they hear a new thing simply because their system of applying the scriptures wouldn't allow them the freedom to do so. Sometimes it is simply a good thing to read something from a fresh and/or new perspective.

Here is a brief excerpt. This is where you can find his whole article, Christians and the Bible.

"Until you understand that cars are made for transportation, you will never truly experience its blessings. The same is true with the Bible. We have made declarations about it that have nothing to do with its real purpose and value. This false understanding of what the Bible is for has caused us to become a spiritually retarded generation. Christian chat rooms and forums are filled every day of the week with people machine-gunning Scriptures back and forth in heated debate. Some of us can't even talk normal anymore because our vocabulary is filled with King James' quotations. Authors can't even make a spiritual point without having to "back it up" with Scripture. It's pretty sad when Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit have to have a Scripture verse to back up a spiritual principal that even a child can understand. Unfortunately in today's Christian world we have been taught to think in Bible verses. We've become as soulless as computers."

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