OK, so someday, I’d like to hear from someone on why people put so much faith in a book that has “versions”. If it’s the word of God, and people go to war over it and live their lives according to it, and quote it all the time, shouldn’t it at least be pretty static?
Noelle, the notion that the Bible or “the word of God” is static is probably something you learned from church. Let me throw a wrench into that and let’s see what happens. Here are some random thoughts, a sort of stream-of-consciousness of how I see the Bible:
John Wimber, the founder of the the Vineyard movement, used to say: “The Bible is like a menu at a restaurant. Don’t eat the menu — get the food it points to!”
Is the Bible “the word of God”? There are some Bible-believing Christians who question that and say instead that the Bible is a record of the word of God to people in a specific place and time. Which opens the question: What is God saying to me, here and now?
Let’s do a search for the exact phrase “word of God” (in the New Satanic Version). Interesting.
The different versions are, of course, translations. We are translating all the time. I am taking my thoughts and translating them into words. You are reading my words and translating them into your own thoughts. Ah, languaging. (I think I will have to give Waking Life another try.)
Since when is the word of God static? The Bible itself says, “the word of God is living and active.”
Funny, I was just going to write about how the Bible does not have to be static to be a good foundation. I did a search on “foundation” and found that the Bible itself refers to something else as the foundation of our faith… or rather, someone else.
When God met me when I was eleven, this guy told me, “Jesus is the center of the Bible. The Old Testament points forward to Jesus and the New Testament points backward to Jesus.” And this Jesus… well, he has some unusual ideas and practices which I would love to follow, but am also afraid to follow. But the strangest thing is that he doesn’t say “Follow my ideas” like any old revolutionary. He says, “Follow me.”