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How do you,Read?

For those that take reading the bible seriously, I mean in a more serious bible study of your own, in what lens do you read from? ( You won’t see this at church)

For most people that are serious in real bible study will come from usually come from either from their upbringing traditions, which is reading the scriptures from an all ready theology mindset, and when the word is read it will ‘fit’ their story.

This mindset has been in effect for quite awhile in the christian main stream, which will give it its own direction and outcome. I would unpack this scenario now but this is not the road for today.

Where as the road today is pointing to the road less traveled is the one of the critical Historic method of which the storyline is kept in context of history, and using the social, personal, and historical truth describe the origins of ancient texts in order to understand  ‘the world behind the text’.

This method ‘critical historical method’ is one that is being used more aggressively it seems the last thirty to forty years in the educational realm, which has brought about some new and different light to the scriptures. In my opinion it is the more truest form of extracting the ‘message’ of the scriptures. In the way of ‘theological methodology’ the scriptures are skewed because you are being biased in your reading and mindset. It is only because you are set in your ways of ‘seeing’ the bible or that it is thought to be the only way to read it, or it was the way that your church sees it.

It is a safe way to start from scratch with out any preconceived notions on anything and just take the text for what meant to the person,persons or people on a social understanding to stay within the context of the story. Go deeper into God’s people, who they were,why they were chosen, what were they to do? This will get you on a good path of God’s storyline for ‘His Chosen People’!!

 

 

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Context

My studies  have given me alot of insight into the scriptures over the years, but it occurs to me, this latest insight maybe the most eye-opening one of them all.

Reading a story we are usually set up first with what is called the ‘back story’, this will usually include some or all the things that you need to know  for the story to make sense to the reader. This is true with the bible and with God’s setup of it.

Without going into all the detail of genesis, there is alot of back story there to process, we even have issues now to what it still means, (which does affect a story, one way or another) but the storyline is basic in that God created a place(universe), a people(children of Israel), and himself(their God). Remember, this is really basic, but it gives you the jest of the story, but then he lets the story go in motion to let things play out.

It is this storyline that is used throughout the whole bible I mean whole bible, there is not another story introduced in the middle, or end, or anywhere else. It is all the same story.

Paul, a main character in the last part of the story, has an epiphany that what had happened a few years earlier with the appearing of ‘Jesus’ on the scene was what the scriptures(mainly the prophets, and even in the Old Testament) was in fact talking about in the future. Paul had taken the scriptures from the old, and had matched them up with the history of the day to see that this was what they(prophets) were describing of the ‘Messiah’ to come. It was not of what the Jewish people had in mind, but it was what the God of Israel described for them.

This is, in so many ways tells us that we must stay in context of anything that is being told to us, read to us, or in belief. It was Paul that connected the dots from the old covenant to the new covenant, that what it was and what it would look like.

It is when we as believers are led away from the ‘context’ of the story that it is a in a wild tangent, that makes us need to go back to the first of the story, to get our point of reference back again.

This would be a good thing to do every once in a while to re-read genesis and to really see what God’s storyline is, and to know what the back story is.

God, God’s world, God’s people.

The basic, Context.

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Starting from a clean slate

I have hinted in a few  blogs in the past that I have written about our views or our perspectives of the scriptures. It is not just of late that it is being mis-viewed, it has been skewed from the 1700’s on with layered with more layers of mis-aliagned  perspective.

The angle that which we(christianity) have come from is the one from the New Testament.

This makes our view  tainted.

It is when we realize that the story started from the old testament and continued thru the new testament to complete the story. The testament’s or my preference is ‘the covenant’s’ are a continuance not separated storlines. All elements of the scenario’s are inter-related, they build  on each other as the story goes on, all the way to the end.

All that to say, the biblical story, is a Jewish story, a Jewish story about people, a Jewish story about people and their God.

Our slate must begin with the Jewish people and their God.

We must read the story in it’s completion only from the standpoint of the jewish story.

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Backstory!

Do you ever come across something in your bible study that goes against your belief that you have now?

This is happening to me in a lot of studying that I have been doing in the last seven years. I am not on purpose looking for things that are obviously different, but I am looking at the foundation of the christian faith and how it started. It is different from what we see now in our ‘christian’  life.

I know that statement comes out of left field, for some, but you must stop and think and relook at the scriptures, and also the back story of christianity, to get the actual meaning of the scriptures. Back story is very,very important, do not take it lightly, no matter what somebody tells you. You see, only now when someone tells you a story today, and they tell you about something happened to them and what it made them do,say, or react can you totally understand how they would tell the story, you know the background of it all.

But if I was to tell you, a story, from the early 1800’s, you would need to know some background of the story to fully understand on why,where,how, when,and what was going on in my story, or else you would come to some different perspective of the story than I  wanted you to get.  So it is with the same argument that we must use to understand the story of the scriptures. I believe this with all of my heart that this is why we have come with some different messages throughout our reading of the word.

Reading of a back story in a time period and of a society, does not infringe on anything of the bible’s authoritative premise, but it enhances the story to let us be fully aware of what was going on and why. “……and you were there!” is an appropriate phrase to use if we were to put ourselves in the ‘biblical narrative’  in real-time. It would just blow our socks off, if we were to be tele-ported into the scenes of biblical times. I am also convinced that we would come away from the biblical story with a lot of different belief’s and understandings.

It is sometimes frowned upon in some christian circles to not look at or use any ‘outside material’ to further ourselves in biblical knowledge. But what is not understood with biblical studies is that we have taken everything for face value, or the black and white of it. This will just not do!! We need to just go back 200 yrs to see that things changed on the way we perceived things and the reformation parted ways with Catholicism. It is with Martin Luther and John Calvin, that led the way with a different belief system in the scriptures.

This is even more reason to  further ‘your’ study, not anyone’s, or anyone’s group but your’s to make it concrete in your belief. This method of searching the scriptures about the people,land,leaders,societies,gods,kingdoms,kings,rulers, and beliefs will ultimately make God’s story come alive!!

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observation

My journey of digging deep into the scriptures has led me to two ironic observations of my christian life, and the christian life in general.

The two ironic things that have come across as glaring absence of real study or learning of the bible is the opposite of each other.

The beginning of the  story of the bible thru the eyes of the jewish people and the end of the bible as told to john in revelation.

God’s purpose,the blueprint of his desire, the beginning of his story should be the most understood aspect of the story. To go further into any story without knowing the purpose or the direction of the story is so wrong. But on the other end of the spectrum we seem to totally even look at the end of the story? Really? I mean, Really? The christian has been misled into the end of the story, as the end of the story.period. Really? I mean,Really? It is the most amazing and most intriguing part of the story that should blow you away, that should make you see how far or how close we are to the end of the story!

Unless we understand the first and last of the story, the scriptures in the middle really have no meaning to the story.

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