I am pretty horrible at this whole blogging thing. I knew it was the case, but recently it was brought to my attention again. I will make no promises, but I am really going to try to write more often in this thing and maybe even include more personal information, not only the opinion things that have made up the majority of my blogging.
For those of you who don’t know, I work overnights. Out of an eight hour shift, I probably have about 4 hours of work to do (that might even be on the high side). I do some cleaning, cooking, hourly bed checks, documenting on residents, and finally I do a lot of wake-up prompting of residents.
So, what do I do with the other four hours? I try to find a lot of other random work to fill the other four hours, I might do some writing, and I do a lot of thinking. Throughout the entire shift I listen to podcasts and audiobooks.
The thinking thing though is what I want to talk about. I have been having a great deal of thoughts about Biblical interpretation and also theology. Who would have guessed that the person who dedicated 6 years of education to religion would find their “resting” mind playing games with theology?
One thing that I keep coming back to are alternative readings and understandings of Biblical texts. When I am reading and contemplating the text, I try to ignore everything I have been told about the text. I try to forget the sermons and classes that I have had on the topic and just read the words, in English or Greek.
One thing that I am starting to realize is that regardless of the flavor of Christian you are, most of what you believe the Bible is telling you, isn’t really there, or isn’t the most reasonable way of thinking about the text. If we focused more on what the Bible is actually saying and less on what other people have said about the Bible, Christianity would have a very different shape.
That leads me to a question that I have been struggling with. Which is more important: the Bible’s message, or the Church’s message about the Bible? What is odd is that the groups that are more likely to say that the BIBLE is the most important are most likely to find their understanding of the Bible most tainted by the traditions surrounding the text and not the message of the Bible itself.