I had some new thoughts on Thanksgiving about the Bible and God that I want to share and see what everybody thinks. They don’t really fit into neat little categories like why God exists so I thought I would just bunch them together. I would especially be interested in what some of my new internet buds think. These are certainly not revolutionary so don’t think that I think I have come up with something new here. But I don’t really think that I have understood well how to read the Bible. So my thoughts….
The Bible was written 2000+ years ago. That is well before the Enlightenment era of the last 200 or so years when humanity has become all about reason and evidence and proof. This should mean that to then read the Bible from a purely Enlightenment worldview, I would be reading into the text things that are not mean to be read into it. Or I would be interpreting in ways that were not meant for it to be interpreted. In the end this would mean that the Bible is not meant to be used as an ethics text. It is to be viewed as a gradual revelation of God that culminates fully in Christ.
If there is a creator God (and I believe that there is) then that God would also be resonsible for creating science and reason. This would therefore make science and reason improper tools for proving that this God exists. For that matter, anything would be inadequate for proving he exists. The best we can hope for is evidence from his creation that points to his existence. I have said this elsewhere but felt that it fits well in these random thoughts, especially in light of my next thought.
If I am only willing to believe that for which there is proof, then I am going to be closing myself off to a lot of stuff. If my only tool for believing in something is the rational and the empiric, then I am making myself unreceptive to truth which may lie outside of the empiric. If I can prove that there is no truth that lies outside of the empiric, then this stance is fine. However, this is certainly far from proven and likely never will be as I see it. Until we can see we understand everything, there will be truth that lies outside of the empiric. I need to be open to that. And if God created the empiric then knowing him would best take place outside of the empiric.
The Old Testament was written for the Jewish people to lead them to God’s full revelation of himself in Christ. That does not mean that it is unrelevant for me. But it does mean that much of it is not directly applicable to me, and I should not try to make it so. It should be read in the context of God’s full revelation in Christ as a God of love. It is not an ethics text.
That’s all I’ve got right now.