Augustine of Hippo wrote, “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” Mark Twain wrote, “It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.” Somewhere between these two is what might be described as truth about the Bible. This collection of law, history, prophecy, poetry, letters, and God’s love for us does contain wisdom from the source of our being. This collection also gives us those boundaries, guides for how we are to live with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with God.
The challenge, though, is that the letters are often left unread or, at best, just subjected to a quick or indifferent skim. The challenge, too, is that we sometimes go into the Bible to find what we already have decided, rather than opening heart and mind to transformation. Perhaps you come from a tradition that told you what to believe, one that did not ask much so you learned little, or maybe no tradition at all.
We are people of the Bible. We are people of the word of God. Not a word to be taken literally or inerrantly, but one that invites our searches, questions, and transformed understandings. How does this happen? Take the time, make the time to enter into the journey of the study of our story – the Bible. In the fall, we will explore the Gospel of Luke and, in the spring, the Acts of the Apostles. Think about it, pray about, drop me a line, check out online information but stretch your intellect and your soul.
–The Reverend L. Murdock Smith, Assisting Priest