My friend Dtcwee looks back on his past effort to come to grips – if not to terms – with the Bible, or should I say a Bible, via a no-holds-barred reading plan that spanned an entire year. His conclusion?
“The bible is not what anyone says it is.”
For me that means: it is not cohesive or consistent. It does not evidence God’s fairness or mercy. The New Testament ideals of love and fellowship were not novel, even at Jesus’ time, and are rather shallow in his expressions…
But what you were taught in Sunday School is different to what I was taught in Sunday School. Following the Plan was more about examining and articulating my own beliefs than trying to work out what the Bible was attempting to communicate. The bible has been more a mirror than a window.
I really enjoyed reading this again, some years on, and it’s more relevant to me than ever, speaking to my own lacklustre impression of the source material and more pointedly the subjective weight of any one person’s interpretation of what it all means.