|Posted on December 16, 2021 at 4:40 AM|
Some people open the Bible, take a verse and yell, "See! It is written - there! It says so!". Well, yes it does - at least at first glance.
Think about it: Somebody writes down today "It's raining cats and dogs". Two thousand years from now on a person finds this and wonders what must have happened back then. How did the animals get up? Who threw them down? You know what I mean.
Even more so if you take the Bible as God's inspired Word. When the Lord inspired the writers to write all that down, His inspiration came from His mind. If we try to interpret it with our small pea brains, all we get is confusion at best - spiritual abuse and doctrinal terror at worst.
Yes, even today the Holy Spirit leads the Church and its pastors, also in teaching and preaching. Those men, however, are humans as well and as such fallible. To recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit among the many voices out there and then to follow and obey it against the will of the flash is a task for a saint.
What does that mean? Can't we rely on anything but our personal likes and dislikes? Should we dismiss the Holy Scripture and replace it with moral relativism?
By no means. In everything though we need to keep in mind that we see a tiny part of the whole - and even as to that tiny part we don't really know what to do with. God is bigger than all of that. He does not need proof texting of human concepts. God does not just love us, He is love. Not love as humans see it, but love as He sees it. The kind of love that is fully unconditional, sacrifices itself for others and gives itself a 100 %. Where you give yourself totally. This love is what our faith is all about. Everything else is just a means to the goal. Each situation, each person and each life will require different means. The goal, however, stays the same: God is love and He wants us to be part of Him.
I love the Bible and I love God. At the same time I believe that He is so much bigger than we want to see and make Him. The Bible is not a cook book with answers for each single problem you think you have. It is a love letter from God. Yes, it also contains rules - but not because He likes to boss us around, but because He loves us and wants to keep us from being harmed! This very love is the basis for everything. The rules don't stand alone - they are a means for love. Some try to make laws punishable by death out of these rules, hereby forgetting the purpose they have.
"He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Matthew 12:3-8 New International Version
The laws or rules are of no value out of themselves. They receive their value through the purpose they are here for. No, that does not mean we can or should forget about all of God's commands or interpret them according to our personal likes and dislikes. It does mean, however, that we must see them for what they are: a love letter from God.