-2 Kings 13:21-
-“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb.
When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.”
I have always thought that it was only Jesus that brought the dead back to life, and even with that it was just Lazarus and one child.
Actually Paul has. And Peter. Elisha does also, and even in death.
I am facing a crisis this year.
How can the Bible be a facsimile of truth? In other words, word for word, sentence for sentence, the exact copy of exact truth?
And if interpret it I must, who’s version do I seek and how is this different from Sharia Law and the Islamic system of Quranic reading?
It just is not possible to go through the Bible this way – it is not possible to read 2 Kings and see sanity.
So then Jesus came to change everything. And left the Holy Spirit. This same Spirit I am seeing on pulpits everywhere, across every religion, proclaiming themselves to be the ONE way to God, preaching the most egregious sentiment about everyone other than themselves, calling to arms, sentencing to hell, amassing to themselves, purifying and condemning, refusing even good if it is not subservient to their God, their way, the true way….
I am a Christian. I have been for decades. I believe in Jesus and in his death and his Resurrection and his invitation too life and, yeah, his miracles – I cannot, at the moment, just take the Bible as the word of God.
These are words of men and women in a battle with life through the history of life.
I don’t know where to turn.
Except for the prayer I have that God has this for me, that illumination is present in these words, that somehow God can speak to me – it’s rough.
Because I’m not sure the Christian I am is the Christian I here around me today.