Your owner’s manual
For those wanting to know, I did receive a bag full of different shampoos for my birthday! Kim says that I am definitely emergent because of this hair thing. She not the only one to make a hair connection to emergent. see here.
Back to the subject of systemization.
In our post-reformation, protestant, whatever we are, we have approached the Bible with an attitude that we have a question, so we will go to the Bible and find an answer to that question. N.T. Wright makes that observation that we somehow already know the answer before we go there. We treat it like a recipe book or as I am sure you have heard it described as an owner’s manual.
Does it read like any owner’s manual you have ever read. Do they start with once upon a time…
The Bible is largely a narrative. A story. Not a list of do’s and don’ts. Not a list of tips and techniques.
My experience is that I have heard far, far more lessons on what Paul said than on what Jesus said. I think that is because in our running to the Bible to answer a question we end up having to go to Paul.
It is not something new.
Many came to Jesus with such questions. Think for a minute about some of the ones that came and asked one thing or another looking for him to take a side or offer up the answer.
He usually answers with another question.
When he does answer it is never what anybody wants to hear. Well that’s an exaggeration. But many leave frustrated, sad, with the answer above either of the options that they envisioned.
We have but shouldn’t read the Bible like we would read The Barbeque Bible. Let’s see I feel like a little brisket today… ah page 92….yes all I need are these 4 ingredients and ohhhh I like this receipt 5 easy steps… unless you count eating it as number 6.
I must plead guilty!