12 June 2006

What's your favorite book/passage of the Bible?

Here's another funny like thing Christians like to toss around. I was just reminded of this while reading part of Sean's post about Ann Coulter where it mentioned some Democrat politicians favorite book of the Bible was Job, but he didn't even know if it was Old Testament or New Testament. Of course, some people (like myself) answer silly questions like that wrong half the time if only because we aren't thinking about the answer. For some reason, I always mix up Hebrews and Proverbs in my head... if I'm thinking Proverbs I usually find myself opening to Hebrews and vice versa.

Anyway, moving on from that detraction, my point is that we like to quote the "nice" passages about God leading us through pretty valleys and streams of cool water, comforting and forgiving us, or getting 72 virgins when you die (oops, wrong religion). But who likes to quote passages about obedience, the commandment to love another, etc.? I'm not saying that there aren't certain passages through which God has spoken to me more than others, but maybe "favorite" isn't the best word. After all, I don't usually like what God says, but I know it's something I need to embrace. On some level, I actually do like it... more in the way that I like to run five miles; not because it's fun like eating a bowl of ice cream, but because I like to stay in shape. This requires discipline. If you asked, how many peoples' favorite word would be "discipline"? And how many peoples' favorite verses focus on spiritual discipline?


Samantha said...

Hello :D

My favorite verse is actually Isaiah 53:10:

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes[b] an offering for sin,he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Brother Charles said...

It's so true. We tend to pick those aspects of faith and scripture that please us. And there's nothing wrong with that as long as we are aware of it. If that's all we reflect upon, though, we'll become idolators who invent God in our image, and then we become one of the mant people out there who only seem to illustrate that there is something the matter with religion.

Great post on a spiritual pitfall!

Anonymous said...

Matthew 10:5-15

"Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You receive without paying, give without pay. Take no gold, nor silver, not copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the labourer deserves his food."

After hearing and reflecting upon this passage from the gospels, Francis abandoned the cloak, shoes, pouch and staff he had been carrying, and, "As his new dress he chose a very rough tunic, worn over breeches, which he fastened around his middle with a small cord: one tunic and one only."

This change of attire also marked a change in Francis's direction and mission, "Francis knew now that it was not to build chapels that God was calling him, but to co-operate in the restoration of the Church. So he lost no time in setting joyfully to work to preach penitence."

Memorizing the gospel that had so inspired him, he began to walk about and preach. This can be seen as simply a reinterpretation of God's message to him in as much as "Francis [had before taken] the message literally. He did not see that it had even a greater meaning. The great house of God was threatened on all sides by the lust of power and wealth which had crept into the very sanctuaries. The crucified Christ had called Francis to build up the very walls of the universal church."