Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Bible as God's Gift

"It is tempting in such a project to enter the conflict--long standing and now at the boiling point--about the accessibility of the "real" Jesus and his words to us now.  Because I do not do so, I will simply state my assumptions about the Bible: On its human side, I assume that it was produced and preserved by competent human beings who were at least as intelligent and devout as we are today.  I assume that they were quite capable of accurately interpreting their own experience and of objectively presenting what they heard and experienced in the language of their historical community, which we today can understand with due diligence.

On the divine side, I assume that God has been willing and competent to arrange the Bible, including its record of Jesus, to emerge and be preserved in ways that will secure his purposes for it among human beings worldwide.  Those who actually believe in God will be untroubled by this.  I assume that he did not and would not leave his message to humankind in a form that can only be understood by a handful of late- twentieth-century professional scholars, who cannot even agree among themselves on the theories they assume to determine what the message is.

The Bible is, after all, God's gift to the world through his Church, not to the scholars.  It comes through the life of his people and nourishes that life.  It's purpose is practical not academic.  An intelligent, careful, intensive--but straightforward reading--that is, one not governed by obscure or faddish theories or by a mindless orthodoxy--is what it requires to direct us into life in God's kingdom." 

--Dallas Willlard.  The Divine Conspiracy.  Kindle location 155-168

5 comments:

Kathy Suarez said...

ditto. But what does Willard mean by "Church" with a cap "C"?

And who is "intelligent" enough to read it properly? Willard?

Kevin Haug said...

I think, Kathy, that by simply asking that question, you have disqualified yourself... ;-)

Kathy Suarez said...

;-) ? riiiiiiight..... This is as easy as shooting ><> in a ( ).

"The Bible is, after all, God's gift to the world through his Church, not to the scholars. It comes through the life of his people and nourishes that life. It's purpose is practical not academic. An intelligent, careful, intensive--but straightforward reading--that is, one not governed by obscure or faddish theories or by a mindless orthodoxy--is what it requires to direct us into life in God's kingdom."

This is flawed circular logic. It turns in on itself. This is from a biased, Middle America, White Bread, narrow mindset. Take the ELCA Assemblies. Are the quota-based members who vote "intelligent, careful, intensive"? I'm sure they think they are, just as Willard thinks he is. What sort of "Doctrine" have the Assemblies come up with for the entire "Church"? Not so hot.

My original question still stands: How is Doctrine decided for the entire Church? You cannot say that certain Lutherans, including yourself, are more "intelligent, careful, and intensive" and are able to decide and announce Doctrine for a World-wide Church. We are not living in a small town in Germany. The true Church is global -- universal, catholic.

"mindless orthodoxy" hmmmm... gee, I wonder what he means....? :-)

Kevin Haug said...

Kathy, you still have no clue and have little ability to extrapolate wisdom from knowledge. The answers you seek are directly before your face; however you stubbornly refuse to see them. I cannot help you and refuse to answer since nothing sinks in.

Kathy Suarez said...

Time will tell.