I love the Bible. I love reading the Bible, and I love reading the writings of those who speak intelligently and passionately about the Bible. I love it so much and have spent so much time in it that I’ve found I’m more familiar with its overall big picture contents than the majority of pastors I know (and often even more than scholars I read).
It is also true that my understanding of how God expresses God’s Self through the Biblical writings has been in process all of my adult life. In this, and in the next post or two on my blog, I want to share some of what have become my key guidelines for hearing God speak through the Bible.
#1 The Scriptures have always presented a self-understanding of themselves as a record of a PROCESS in human history between God and humans.
Contrary to the desire of many Christians who wish to make the Judeo-Christian scriptures into a “once for all” non-contextual absolute like many other religions claim about their scriptures, the Biblical writers have always understood God’s Self-revelation to be an ongoing process. This is very obvious if we let the Biblical writers speak for themselves, but it seems very threatening to a lot of Christians. (more…)