English: Christian Bible, rosary, and crucifix.

English: Christian Bible, rosary, and crucifix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is interesting, when the Fundamentals of Christianity were originally crafted, it was so denominations could work together on Social Gospel matters of building the kingdom here and now. One of the lynchpins of this theology was the inerrancy of scripture.

Or more accurately the inerrant and infallible word of God.  That is that the written word on the page of the Bible, in black and white, is the God’s own truth forever and ever A-M-E-N.

Yet is it so?

Reading Viral by Leonard Sweet, a new thought emerged on the page that resonated with my spirit– infallible story, which led to this musing.

You see, I have always come at the Bible differently than most I know.  That is, I have come to the scriptures as the story of God with his children, and her children with God.  You see, it isn’t about the inerrancy or infallibility of the stories as written, but rather what the eternal truth that resides within is.

Think about it…the infallible story…

For Leviticus it isn’t the rules that have been kept through the centuries, it is the core of the story is what needs to happen for healthy community to exist.

The story of Judges isn’t each individual story, or about Samson & Delilah, or Deborah…these are powerful stories, but what it speaks to is what happens when we allow our world to become unjust, what happens when we misuse the name of God.

The story of Revelation? Not a future prophecy, or a left behind tale…rather it is an encouragement that even in the midst of horrors, suffering, and persecution when we feel evil is winning, we must remember that Love will eventually win out.

Think of each of the 66 books (if you’re protestant, more if you’re of another Christianity), what are the deeper meanings of the story? (yes it sounds more like English class than philosophy, but that is the beautiful of being apart of the beloved creation of God).

So remember, before we begin bickering over commas, periods, dangling parciples, or whom said what, when what the true essence, truth is:

Why did this story survive?

How does it speak to our reality today?

What feelings emerge within me while reading this?

What meaning comes to the surface for me?

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