This post will take you to the first in a series that prevented me from tossing the Bible out the window completely, after thinking it was the filter for the world for far too long. I recommend it.
———- via rob bell • What is the Bible? —————-
I’ll start with how the bible came to be The Bible,
then I’ll write about
all in order to explore what’s going on just below the surface of the stories in the Bible.
Then I’ll address some of the ways many people were taught to think and talk about the Bible-
as God’s word, The Good Book, the living word, principles for living, The Word, the absolute standard, THE INERRANT TRUTH ABOUT WHICH THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISE, God’s view on things, the ultimate owners manual, and so on
-and why those ways of thinking and talking about the Bible aren’t working like they used to for lots and lots and lots of people.
All of which will lead me to articulate a way of understanding the Bible in which your mind and your heart are both fully engaged as you see it and read it for what it is-a funky, ancient, poetic, revolting, provocative, mysterious, revelatory, scandalous and inspired collection of books called The Bible that tell a story, a story I want you to hear.