Several years ago, after speaking with the pastor of a local church, I knew they were not going to end up hosting Daughters of Sarah®. At one point, she said to me, “You do realize that we use the Bible as a guideline, a historical reference, but it doesn’t dictate behavior for our denomination. We think it is a good idea for moral guidance, but it isn’t everything.”
At that point, I also wondered how they knew what was true. Mind you, I wasn’t feeling judgmental, just know the Bible doesn’t work that way for me.
This weekend, I started working on a response to the questions about divorce we received last week. But then I realized that we needed to back up the train a little bit, and better understand marriage itself.
But to understand marriage, we needed to understand some Biblical truths. But to understand those, I realized that one of the things that is literally foundational to everything we talk about is what we really believe about the Bible.
As for me, I’ve had enough experience with God in my walk to come to a place where I believe the Bible is more than a historical document. It’s more than a collection of true stories, some of which I can’t explain. It’s more than a “guideline” or a “good idea” or a “historical reference.”
I believe the Word itself is alive.
There have been too many times when God has brought a specific scripture to mind to help me deal with a specific situation. Too many times when a verse has followed me around, showing up in multiple devotionals and literally written on multiple church signs within the same week – all in answer to a specific prayer of mine.
So I’m either a complete nut job, have a strange life filled with odd coincidences, or I know God – albeit just a fraction of what is possible.
I vote the last one. Probably because no one wants to think they are nuts. And for the record, I mean no offense with the phrase “nuts” – I’ve had post-partum depression four times. I’ve earned the right to talk about crazy.
But for me, the Bible is like an ancient magic book through which the Creator of the Universe talks with His people. It’s everything.
So before I begin dialogue talking about marriage and divorce and what the Bible (and hence, the Creator of the Universe) has to say about it, I want to hear from you.
What do YOU think the Bible is? Why do you say that? How has the existence of the Bible impacted your life? How would things be different for you without it? Double dog dare you to explain why the Bible is true and relevant TODAY.
Let’s talk. I can’t wait to hear from you today! And in keeping with our theme, please be respectful in how we engage this topic with each other.
Glad to be on the journey with you.
Love to you,