I like the Bible. I used to believe it had EVERY answer to every question all the time. I don't know if I don't believe that now or not or maybe I think it does have every answer to every question but we are not equipped to understand it all. So I do still believe the Bible is valuable, but I don't wear it like a feedbag on my face blocking my view of life as it plays out in front of me. I personally think that is a big improvement. It is messier but that is where faith comes in. Like in school, when you know all the answers you don't have to pray for inspiration.
I was taught that the Bible was the sword of the Spirit. It has been very powerful and delicious in comforting or guiding me throughout my life. I have this wonderful friend who always seems to have the nicest Bible verse to apply to a perplexing philosophical or emotional issue we are trying to wrestle to the mat. I love that application of the Bible.
Then there are those other people. I felt guilty when I realized that I don't like them. I tune them out when they use the Bible to prove their point. I recently read a book by an angry woman who used Bible verses out of context to bolster her position. I felt guilty for reading her words and skimming over her scripture passages. I mean if I were going to skim, should I REALLY skim the word of GOD?
Then it hit me. Some people use the sword of the Spirit like Edward Scissorhands. If you did not see it, this guy had scissors for fingers. In one scene he raced to comfort a fallen child and just gashed the heck out of his cheek. I think these people with their slicing and dicing of the Bible and scissor hands mean well just as Edward did. But they slice you up in little pieces just the same, if you let them. (Or at least they slice me up).
Call me a sucker (there is one born every minute) but when someone says "GOD says this" I fall for it every time. I have been lucky enough to "hear" from God and be guided by that still small voice and I believe in love and prayer and dreams and deep soul on soul talks and as I mentioned, the Bible. So when someone says God gave them this insight, why should I doubt it? I usually give it at least the benefit of a doubt until it slices off an ear. For me that is progress. I used to believe it even though it did slice off my ear and then said I was a sinner for not being able to hear better.
I've been in a somber mood for a few months. To tell you the truth things are changing all around me and I don't like the change. People who are my age are dying and I don't like death. And then there is that whole thing about being chained to the wall on this computer instead of comfy wherever on my laptop. By the time I'm sitting here ready to blog I've had to move heaven and earth to get the "me time" and that makes me a little cranky. When people are in this reflective place it is absolute white noise to throw Bible verses at them. It's like God is giving His own amazing lecture to me about the way life works and these bozos next to me are saying "YOU KNOW WHAT GOD SAYS?"
Scripture should be like Neosporin. Applied topically, sparingly to prevent infection or numb pain. The wound and the amazing power of healing and the Gift of God to make us able to withstand pain and fight off infection is the real miracle. At least that's how I feel tonight.