This week for my online Bible study we had the week off. There is an intermission in the book. The book is moving from talking about reasons people choose not to believe in Christianity to looking at the reasons to believe in Christianity. Last week we were suppose to write about Chapter 7 which was called You Can’t Take the Bible Literally. I ran out of time to post on it but wanted to give you one of the ending paragraphs.
Think of it like this. If you dive into the shallow end of the Biblical pool, where there are many controversies over interpretation, you may get scraped up. But if you dive into the center of the Biblical pool, where there is consensus—about the deity of Christ, his death and resurrection—you will be safe. It is therefore important to consider the Bible’s core claims about who Jesus is and whether he rose from the dead before you reject it for its less central and more controversial teachings.
I think many people get hung up on the little things and forget to look at the big picture before they make their judgment. I know I still struggle with some things that I read in the Bible and I question if those sections are suppose to be taken literally or is it just giving us an example, a metaphor, a guide on how to better live our life.
I know these sections, the ones I don’t know if we should take literally or not are what cause even a lot of problems in different denominations of Christianity. One denomination interprets it one way and another does the other way. Each one thinks they are correct. Keller said that, “Everyone has to answer these “how” questions in order to live a Christian life, and those answers immediately put you into one tradition and denomination or another.” But no matter where you end up, one thing that stays the same for all Christians is that they believe that Jesus was more then just a prophet or a teacher but the Savior of the world.
How do we know that Jesus is the Savior of the world? There are a lot of people out there that say there is no evidence to prove this, there is no evidence of God. In the intermission part, Keller talks about how God is the playwright. He says that “If there is a God, he wouldn’t be another object in the universe that could be put in a lab and analyzed with empirical methods. He would relate to us the way a playwright relates to the characters in his play. We (characters) might be able to know quite a lot about the playwright, but only to the degree that author chooses to put information about himself in the play.” If you can look around you, I do think there is evidence of God. Keller even states that “He (God) wrote himself into the play as the main character in history, when Jesus was born in a manger and rose from the dead.” We can know a lot about God by what the Bible tells us.