diagnosed with bible blindness

bible blindness cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

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Jesus said,

“You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.” (John 5:39)

He told them that they actually point to him. But they couldn’t see that. He diagnosed them with bible blindness.

He didn’t always go around quoting scripture, although it was certainly embedded in what he was saying. Instead, he talked about food, flowers, birds, earth, wind and fire.

Are we so captivated by our knowledge of scripture and our theology that we cannot see the forest for the trees?

Do we have bible blindness?

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Pat68

    Yes! So often, I hear people quote scripture as though that’s the only language in which they know how to speak. Sometimes I’m tempted to play devil’s advocate and say, “So, what does that mean?”

    I liked how you say the scripture was embedded in what Jesus said and that to me is a sign that someone has embodied the scripture and isn’t just parroting it.

  • Michelle Langley

    Ask them what it means! We need to be having those conversations! :-)

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Yes! Ask them what it means.

    It’s a perfect opportunity to talk about what Jesus has done for us…and not about ‘what we should, ought, or must be doing’.

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    Who needs Christ for that? Buy a book.

  • klhayes

    A lot of times people are quoting what they have been told is in the Bible, so they are not even quoting something they read first hand.

  • http://www.thehighcalling.org The High Calling

    This is absolutely spot on David. God help us. –Marcus

  • Al Cruise

    A sure sign of bible blindness is they always speak the eccentric language of “christianese”. It’s kind of a holier than thou, know it all, babble of a language.

  • cipher

    Walter Kaufman, a Jewish philosopher, said this in an introduction to his translation of Buber’s I and Thou:

    “Men love jargon. It is so palpable, tangible, visible, audible; it makes so obvious what one has learned; it satisfies the craving for results. It is impressive for the uninitiated. It makes one feel that one belongs. Jargon divides men into Us and Them.”


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