Friday, May 24, 2013

Quote of the Day:  “If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” ― Augustine of Hippo

John Wesley, who founded Methodism in the 18th Century, said of himself, "I am 'un homo libris' or a man of one book."  Even though he was highly educated and had read thousands of books, it was the Bible he relied upon.  When I created the foundation that supports our mission and ministry here, it was named the "One Book Foundation" for obvious reasons.  It is the Bible that guides us, leads us, supports us, and sustains us.  I am convinced that God still speaks to us today through its text, if we but allow ourselves to listen.  One line from the Bible says, "Be still and know that I am God."  That is a good way to read the holy book, by being still and letting it do the teaching.  Commentaries are nice, but they are only one person's opinion of what a particular passage or scripture means.  There have been many translations and the Bible is printed in hundreds if not thousands of languages, yet the truth of the Word still speaks from whatever translation it is in.  There is no way to silence the truth.  You can twist the words to fit your particular agenda but that doesn't make what you say the truth.  The truth rings free and resonates within your soul when you hear it.  Forcing the Bible to say what you want it to say is called "proof texting" and is not the true Word of God as He speaks it.  Let the text teach.  Let the truth speak in ringing tones to your ears.  It has been doing so for thousands of years.  It is not through, nor will it ever be as long as it can be read in the languages that people understand.
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