If you don’t read anything else today – and, yes, I’m including what I write – then read Energion Publication’s post “The Problem with the Jesus Paradigm.” There is too much good stuff in that post to quote everything, but I’ll leave you with this teaser:
You see, Iâ€™m convinced that we, in the church, are afraid of the Bible. Weâ€™re scripture-phobic. How can that be? We use the word â€œBibleâ€ in our church names. Even secular stores have many shelves of Bibles in dozens of translations which have sold many millions of copies. There are pew Bibles, Bibles on the shelves of Sunday School rooms. I might as well confess itâ€”I have a whole book case dedicated to Bibles, and not all of my Bibles will fit in it.
Then there are all our Bible classes, our Bible readings in our church services, and our Bible study small groups. Itâ€™s hard to find a Christian who wonâ€™t say â€œyesâ€ when asked if he or she â€œbelieves the Bible.â€ You can even find quite a number who, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, will loudly announce that they do everything commanded in Scripture.
So how can I say that weâ€™re afraid of the Bible?
Are we afraid of the Bible? Read the post and let me know what you think.