Experience. A bad experience can ruin you for life. You don’t believe me? Remember one of your parents calling you a name or acting displeased? What about a your first concert? How about the first time someone actually listened to your view, your talent or what you have to say. It meant something, it shaped you. Good or bad, you are the culmination of your experiences.
The Bible is sometimes (most often) looked at as a law book rather than a reference to how God interacts with his creations. Scripture is the culmination of lives. So then scripture is a sum of experiences. A barren womb, a meek man becoming the voice of a people, rocks giving waters, bushes talking, dead carcasses yielding honey. You cannot find an absolute in this other than a personal God interacting with his beloved.
So many times your story of faith will turn into an argument. The same people you are supposed to rejoice with about how God is relating and speaking to you becomes a defense. How god relates to you will be just that, no defense needed.
Faith isn’t an argument, it’s a journey. Everyone is on a different path; faith in each person’s eyes will vary to their experience of how God interacts with them.
Mind blowing thought with a little sarcasm yet hopefulness; what if instead of pushing those away that relate to God in a different manner, we might learn more about God from them. This is why I believe Moses was “made” a leper (I dwell on this concept in my new book out this summer, “An Emergent Spirituality.”
Jesus would often walk among leprous people throughout the streets and according to the Talmudic law those around him yelled “unclean!” He not once had that same expression to the lepers. He was moved with compassion, he helped them and loved.
Still today we watch Christians today who see someone with a different life choice or something that doesn’t line with their tradition, they yell, “Unclean!” I am tired of hearing that men and women who Love God are called unclean. Lets decide to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and love despite of…