Saturday, September 03, 2005
is it true?
There's a great conversation going on over at demerging that I encourage you guys to join in. The conversation is on the infallability of the Bible. Here is a comment I made. What do you guys think?
great, thought provocing post...
It's easy to question some of the hisorical details of scripture. There are symbolic and metaphorical texts. It's poetry, conversation, history, letters, dialog... it's beautiful.
Many people think, for example, that Jesus gave the sermon on the mount over a three year period instead of all at once (see marcus J Borg, historian scholar and author.)
I find it interesting that john wrote his gospel to a specific region in which they worshipped a goddess and two gods. the names have slipped my memoery right now. They worshipped the goddess of wine whose big thing was to change water into wine, a symbol of restoration. (when they drank wine, like at a wedding party, it would constanly get watered down. This goddess kept the party going by making the water wine again.) they also served the god of healing and the god of bread. What, in Johns gospel, do we find Jesus doing in His first three miracles? Changing water into wine at a party, healing, and feeding thousands of people. Did these things actually happen or did John write this to make a point. Remember Luke told us in the beginning of his gospel that he was writing to tell us what happened and John says he's writing "so that you may believe."
The question we must ask is does something have to have actually happened for it to be true?
Can we find some kind of truth value outside the box of historical acuracy?
I'm not saying Jesus didn't change water into wine, necesarily, but if He didn't would He still be the one who changes water into wine?
we need to take the Bible outside it's box...