Friday, January 13, 2012

Seclusion: I only read the bible alone.

Last night someone was told that reading the bible was dangerous.
I want to clear that up and maybe shine light on another topic as well...

Yes, it is very dangerous to read the bible.
Hebrews 4:12, Eph 6:17 compares the word of God to a sword cutting deep into our soul, even dividing soul.
When you read the Truth of Jesus, you will start to change and re-think how you live your life.
The bible isn't rules... I hate when that analogy is even used or a play book.
How lame.
It is a way to do life.
Not strategize it or work it into plays
it is simply, this is the way to live life.
I don't really feel the need to drag that point out.
I once heard a wonderful quote, " read what only you can obey"
Ponder that.

Also another very sad epidemic is that Christians read their bible to much alone.
Is that possible? Yup.

We were made in the imagine of a community God.
A very relational Spirit.
And a very loving Jesus.

Look at the letters to the churches.
Paul didn't just send it off and say " hey, get this letter, read it alone, and don't share."

I think about the characteristics of a letter.
First it starts with a thought in someones mind
then pen to paper
then to the readers eyes and then into their mind
Letters are meant for sharing.

2 Cor 3:3
" Since it is plain that you are Christ's letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not on stone tabelts but on tablets of that are hearts of flesh."

We live what we learn.
or, we are suppose to anyways.

Your faith is personal yes, but never meant to neglect community.
Stop spending all your time hiding away to read your bible and not building relationships.
Share anything you read.
Lets look at Jesus, the very man whom we shape our life like.
He escapes to be alone to pray- John6:15
He comes back to hang out- Flip through the book of Luke.

Don't neglect relationships with people to be alone all the time with your bible.
Hang out with anyone, everyone.
Not forgetting what you read alone should be shared as well.

Short posts. Rambling thoughts.
have a great day!!

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