One of the biggest things I wrestle with, is that every Christian I know, myself included, has referenced certain Scriptures as contextual, historically/culturally slanted, or metaphorical, while others are categorized as “either it’s true, or none of the Bible is true”. So which is it?
Examining different denominations has raised at least as many questions about the validity of Scripture as it’s answered. To grasp this, just do a Google search for “Wesleyans vs. Calvinists”. VASTLY different takes on salvation and Christian living, yet both sides have plenty of verses to back up their doctrine. I hear this phrase so often: “What does the Bible say”, yet it’s been made to say so many un-truths throughout history. I hesitate to say this but, it’s almost hard to believe what the Bible says. Or rather, the multiple, often contradictory interpretations thereof. Even concordances-those hefty tomes intended to make Scripture clearer and more meaningful-carry their own biases and fallible, human thoughts. If I were new to this whole Christian thing, my assumed answer to the “what does the Bible say” question, is that it says whatever the reader wants it say. Indeed, I’ve heard this very sentiment from some of my non-Christian friends. Why believe in something when the people who claim to believe in it can’t even agree on what it says?
I’m not refuting that the Bible is God-inspired. I’m sure that it is. I’m not suggesting that we stop believing in the Truth it contains. What I am strongly feeling right now in my own life, is that no single piece of literature has caused more division and confusion, ever, and maybe I need to step back from trying to decipher it, and return to square one and start this faith thing over again.
I’m going to begin a little experiment. For as long as it takes, I’m simply going to follow what Jesus claimed were the two most important commandments. 1) love God and 2) love others. I’m coming to Him with faith like a child and I’m going to see where it leads.