-1 Kings 3:16-27-
This is a great story.
-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.
-“Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.”-
And so women lead.
-2 Kings 6:28-29-
-Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”
She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.‘
So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”
I don’t know what to do with this. I have already ridden so far out on my horse this year, going through the Bible everyday, lacing it with my own intensely personal look at feet and human sexuality and I really did not know that a story like this was here and I don’t know what to do with it.
I mean, it has context – but it’s Israel Samaria.
Am I turning the Bible into a spectacle? If I were a journalist, would I report something that was dangerous to society?
I have to ask myself, what am I looking for?
How is this entry going to help me? I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
I mean no disrespect but 2 Kings is…. Very difficult.
-Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you all for in prayer.”-
These words have great resonance when I’m in trouble.
So many times, I have felt Mercy in my life…I have escaped the consequences of bad decisions, I have evaded debt (probably the thing I am most grateful for) I have found myself ok with life.
These words resonate deeply with people in need.
I can’t help thinking though, of the promises being made on behalf of them.
So many people put their trust and faith into these words.
Prosperity preaching is so seductive – and the faith is so genuine. Healing. Freedom from poverty. Mending of relationships. Everything is possible.
I feel bad. How can I begrudge these people?
Still. The pastors are very rich. What happens to the hope that’s placed in these words?
I have felt abandoned by God in my own life but I’ve never felt let down…if that makes sense.
Everytime I have asked, God has been there. Everytime.
-“For if men do these things when the tree is Green, what will happen when it is dry?”-
When will all this hate stop? And who will be responsible? How can the Christian Love the Muslim, and the Muslim the Christian?
I myself even believe that the two are incompatible.
And I’m beginning to believe that neither can bring Love to this Earth in the form in which they are understood today.
How can you ever hope to know the Beloved
Without becoming in every cell the Lover?
And when you are the Lover at last, you don’t care.
Whatever you know, or don’t — only Love is real.
– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi-
-“If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must Purge the evil from Israel.”-
Both Christianity and Islam are ridiculous.
They are both ridiculous on this.
I am a Christian but on this, if I EVER hear a Christian point out a Muslim, I shall cry, hypocrite.
Both must shut up, refrain and really; Bring order to the house.
Make grown up decisions about the words written in the Great books. Really. Until such a time that God reappears, we must use our heads and turn our hearts toward goodness and mercy and away from rubbish.
We cannot be going around stoning people.
-“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-
Generations have passed and this is a new generation. The moon is always the same, only the water changes. Justice remains the same justice, learning the same learning, as people and nations change.
Generations have passed; the true meanings stay constant and are eternal. The water in the stream may have changed a million times — the reflection of the moon and stars stays the same.
– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi-