I’ve been posting some of my deeper thoughts lately. In the process, my motivation has been questioned as have my methods. This is disappointing. I have a personal theory that instructs me that if something doesn’t seem right, it ought to be investigated, you know, if it seems important.
I am further guided that if I do the investigation and things take a “left turn” and I am faced with exceptional conclusions that appear to be irrefutable, they need to be placed into the light so that others may examine them and prove them to be correct or false. That is my motivation. Prove my strange ideas wrong but if I am right then be blessed by the revelation. Either way, God will be honored since if I am wrong, the evidence will edify those who observe it. On the contrary, if what I say is true then it is from God. There’s my motivation. As such, this calls into question the motivation of my critics who have, so far been silent.
My methods? I read intelligently and critically. Here’s a news flash. The Bible is a book. An essential idea of Christianity is that the Bible is God’s personal revelation of God’s self. The essence of that ideal is that The Bible is a book that was written by God to inform us about God and His relationship with us and our’s with Him. It may have been written over a very long period of time, and penned by various hands from vaious cultures for numerous reasons, but the theological ideal informs us that God is the actual author and what we have today is a coherent document with the words and in the order that God intends us to witness. The Bible is a book authored by God and therefore demands to be read and studied as such. That only makes sense.
It’s important to exegete the text:
“At least two different forms of Biblical exegesis exist. They are called Revealed and Rational exegesis. Revealed exegesis believes the Holy Spirit inspired the Biblical authors of the texts and therefore the words in the Bible convey God’s divine revelation to man. Rational exegesis believes that the original writers of the Bible’s books used their own creativity and inspiration (apart from God) to write what they did. In short, some study the Bible believing that God himself directly inspired its writers while others approach the Bible as a collection of stories, fables, myths, etc. brought to life through the creativity and imagination of man.”
I believe there are elements of truth to rational exegesis and that approach has its merits. But knowing what a Sumerian poet was thinking when he began telling his story may be exceedingly fascinating, but that informs us more of him than God and unless we can get back to God, we are merely spinning our proverbial wheels if knowledge of God is what we are searching for. Which is why I adhere to what the above quote refers to as Revealed Revelation. Nothing is holy except in as much as it points to God. This includes the Bible. It is a book that reveals God. I submit that it and the stories and books within it must be read with attitue that it and they are great works of literature that they are and with all the literary elements inherent in such works.
I’m sure I will be providing some examples in the near future.
In case you are wondering what posts I’m referring to, here are links to all the articles in this controversial series:
*This article is a good one as is most of what I have read on this site, but I have not spent the time needed to state that I fully endorse all that is contained there.
(Exegete This was originally posted January 12, 2012 by Christopher C. Randolph on christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)