when the bible interferes with the spirit of Jesus

jesus or the bible cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

You know you’re in trouble when…

the bible actually interferes with the spirit of Jesus…

you get annoyed when what’s real interferes with your devotion…

you’ve lost sight of what Jesus is and means…

you become rudely focused on your spirituality and miss the point.

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  • Tell it bro. Or when you’re in your ‘prayer closet’ and someone needs you, and you say, “Get lost. CAN’T YOU SEE I’M PRAYING! For God’s sake. That too.

  • From a memoir:
    Why the mad rush to make sure everybody is church-proper? Something doesn’t feel right about the frantic race to beat the clock and the angst and the nerves twisted in knots, the way you fume and fret and beg the family to get their arses in gear so you and your husband, the worship team, can make it to the Lord’s house in time to usher in the Holy Spirit. You feel like the biggest hypocrite alive when, one Sunday morning en route to Cornerstone, you see a woman by the side of the road standing in front of her hood as smoke rages from the engine. But still your car speeds on by because you can’t be late for such a very important date. The Holy Spirit can’t wait.

    David, you sure can paint a vivid picture of truth. What an amazing gift you have.

  • thanks debra

  • Adam

    if you mean the bible not in there being something wrong with the bible, but in the interpretation of the bible gettgin in the way of Jesus then yes. I have a high view of scripture, and I would disagee with the bible getting in the way of Jesus. Though I don’t claim to understand how everythinng in the bible communicates a loving Christ – there are seom harsh things in there at times!

    I’m taking the point you want to make David, is if a reading of the bible becomes egocentric rather than centred on Christ then thats where people go off track. Which of course is true. It takes coming to scripture being willing to have presupositions and assumptions challenged and even be hurt, and be transformed in the process to “get it”. Rather than coming to scripture and making it about what can be read into it for what one wants it to be. Little will be gained about knowing Jesus with that approach.

  • Adam

    PS – maybe Jesus in that situation might put his arm aroungd the guy and say you are the light of the world – don’t hide it or bury it away in false piety but let it shine. Maybe he would change and see more clearly, follow more nearly, love more dearly.

    I like good biblical intempretation, I also like the gospel communicated through the arts. If this clip is anything like it is to hang around with Jesus – I’m in! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5EA9KG17co&feature=endscreen&NR=1

  • This is a false dichotomy, at the heart of it. Some people are very good at abusing Bible verses; we’re not talking about that–although, that is what seems to be happening in this Trackback listing here, where someone needs to quote Paul to “conservative” Christians. Let’s pass that by. (The letter is the law. We are never made good by the law.)

    My morning reading included the Transfiguration. Here we have Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the mount. Basically, the whole moral law points to the need for some form of recompense or reconciliation. The sacrificial system is for this and Jesus is fully in line with it. Elijah is the prophet and in all its difficulties Israel was pointed to the Lord and his salvation and the coming of the Messiah. Jesus is fully in line with this. We CANNOT pluck out a Jesus that is ascriptural, beside scripture, or against scripture.

    The problem nowadays seems more that nobody knows what is in scripture. There seems to be a pervasive anti-intellectualism, which also does not want to dig deep into the word. This is not the tradition and the way that has come down to us. Scripture is to be the true witness and account of what happened. Jesus is not set in contrast to this.