Stephen Holmgren, Ethics After Easter (Cowley Publications, 2000)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Open to the Bible
Something happens when the Bible becomes an object of formal study. When we approach the Bible in the way that an historian approaches the letters of Napoleon, for example, we distance ourselves from it. The Bible becomes a detached object of attention, like cells on a glass slide under a microscope. We become judges of what we see. Yet if God still speaks to us through the Bible, and if it does contain words of correction and instruction for us, then we have to be open to a different way of seeing it. We have to be open to letting the Bible also become the measure for us.