Monday, April 9, 2012
Literalism gone Amuck: Jesus response to Bible Thumping
As a recovering literalist I can relate to those who brought the woman to Jesus in John 8: 1-8. They had scripture and verse loaded like bullets in a gun and Jesus was no doubt about to be brought down with a spray of biblical gunfire. This was Bible thumping at its best and lovelessness gone amuck. Jesus did then what I'm sure he would do now: without denying the existence and power do "the Word", he put his "flesh" into it's interpretation by articulating and demonstrating that which only faith can generate: transcendent love. Whatever we think the Bible says better be bathed in what Paul says "never fails" else we are guilty of letting the Bible outweigh that which reflects God and is incarnated in Jesus.