In response to my last post on the purpose of rational thought, a long-time reader asked this:
“Just curious. If you don’t believe we were created, thus saying you don’t believe in God or the Bible, then why bother trying to prove it means, what you want it to mean? Can’t you just say you are atheist and reject that the Bible came from GOD or that there even is a GOD for that matter? Why are you arguing what GOD meant if you don’t believe he even exists?”
First, Jason, it’s good to hear from you again.
I might be mistaken, but it sounds as if you think the Bible should only be read by true believers, or perhaps only studied by true believers.
Isaiah quotes God saying that his word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
I am sure you have confidence that God is able to accomplish his purposes as he wills. From your perspective, if God wills to harden my heart in unbelief, that is his prerogative.
I am but clay, an imperfect vessel. With my small mind, I cannot accept the picture of God presented by my tribe of origin, where I found no place and no welcome. So be it.
I care for my literal brother and sisters, who never left the tribe. Sometimes I write for them, in the language they understand, using the authority they acknowledge.
Paul wrote, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
That’s one of the first verses I memorized as a kid.
I use the Scripture for its intended purpose, for teaching, rebuke, correction, and for training in righteousness.
It is true, my tiny pea-brain cannot accept the picture of God distributed by my tribe. If I am wrong, I trust that the God of the Universe will forgive my frailty and limitations.
To my knowledge, I have nothing but positive regard for the members of my former tribe. These are people for whom, you believe, Christ died.
Woe untome if I ignored the command of the canonical Jesus and did not do unto my former tribe members what I would have done for me.
My wish for my detractors and critics is this: the same sense of fulfillment that I desire for myself.
Why do I do this? It might be because of love, or loyalty, or a desire that they accomplish the good snd lofty goals described in the Bible.
I know that some people don’t want my input. That’s fine.