Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Paradoxes

I've been reading Romans in my 'quiet times'. It can take me forever to get through a book, because I'll often read the same passage two or three days in a row. I read this morning Rom 15:21 Paul quotes, 'Those who were not told about him will see and those who have not heard will understand'.
But a while back I read Rom 10:14 Paul arguing, 'How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?'
Seems to me Paul is a bit inconsistent.
But the apparent contradictions in the Bible are what gives it its depth and mystery and the sense of God being somewhat bigger than we are. I like the paradoxes.
But I also like the mystery in 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Hunting of the Snark'. However, these I label 'nonsense'.
It is the realness of God that sets them apart. The Holy Spirit breathing life into the Bible. And I suppose that as I wrestle with contradictions and paradoxes in Scripture I realise that there is consistency. Amazing, actually, for the size of the book and the mixture of human authors. But it's not cut and dried. God is looking for people to engage with him. Cool.

2 comments:

David Barbour said...

Hi,

The Bible and its interpretation is the biggest issue that separates us Christian's. The biggest issue today in my estimation is that so many of our folk in the pews are fundamentalists and are influenced by a culture of 'quick fix' answers. They want immediate gratification and so much for waiting on God for enlightenment. The bible is seen as a manual and not literature passed down orally etc.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

I agree with you. Nice thing about blogging, or talking with friends - you can explore those areas that defy 'quick fixes'. As a preacher I find that I must present myself as an authority and provide structure and 'safe' answers. The people NEED this. But they have also learned to accept that I won't pretend to know something when I don't. Just different.