Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Manifesto of Reading the Bible as Scripture

We often read the Bible as a text to be mastered... Yet, perhaps we should read Scripture as a text to be mastered by. We attempt to get through-the-Bible, when in reality what we really need is the Bible to get-through-us. We have been seduced into an approach to the Bible that is very informational driven, when it seems that the essence of Scripture desires to bring about an in-formational reorientation...

The following is a manifesto I put together of perhaps a more conducive posture towards engaging Scripture.

3 comments:

Hermi said...

An instrument of life to my spirit and an instrument of death to my soul, good one.

Barbara said...

This would be great material for meditation and examen...It could really help generate ideas for practical exercises in engaging Scripture.

warrior princess said...

Good stuff. It reminds me of one of the phrases that one of the Chapel speakers for SEW said, i think last yead... "We don't read the Bible to finish, we read the Bible to change." I sometimes have to slow myself down as i read, because i find myself not thinking about what i'm reading, and letting it work on me.