“What is the Bible?” – A Rob Bell Tumblr Series – The First of My Highlights

You start with the human. You ask those questions, you enter there, you direct your energies to understanding why these people wrote these books.

Because whatever divine you find in it, you find that divine through the human, not around it.

(I should play my hand here just a bit on where I want to take you: If you let go of the divine nature of the Bible on the front end and immerse yourself in the humanity of it, you find the divine in unexpected ways, ways that can actually transform your heart. Which is the point, right?)

Second, a bit about questions.

Often, especially when people come to a particular strange or gruesome or inexplicable passage, they’ll ask

Why did God say this?

The problem with this question is that it can leave you tied up in all kinds of knots. (Really? God told them to kill all the women and children? God did? And we’re supposed to accept that, well, that’s just how God is?)

That sort of thing.

The better question is:
Why did people find it important to tell this story?

Followed by
What was it that moved them to record these words?

Followed by
What was happening in the world at that time?

And then
What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God is at that time?

And then
What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did these people think it was the story worth telling?

Read the series in full at: http://robbellcom.tumblr.com/

“Out of the Question” – By David Wilcox

Case closed. I was certain in my youth

God knows, I had my scientific proof

In my mind,  I thought I saw the truth

Never looked beyond my lenses;  never saw that it was you

Out of the question

So the answer I could never see

Out of the question

I look for you and you find me

Out of the question

You’re closer than the air I breath

But out of the question

And into the mystery

My heart – brings me to my knees

There’s God:   the forest for the trees

Move me,  like the wind will stir  the leaves

I give way to the mystery like the branches in the breeze    and I’m...

Out of the question

Catch the wind inside my fist?   No it’s

Out of the question

Try to trap you and I know I’ve missed

Out of the question

The place you will always be,   is

Out of the question

And into the mystery

Truth is there for finding, but the logic that’s involved

is a mystery  unwinding,  not a problem to be solved

Out of the question

I look for You, and You find me

Out of the question

In truth you will always be

Out of the question

You’re closer than the air I breath

Out of the question...   and Into the mystery!

© David Wilcox, all rights reserved

Here is an outstanding cover version of this song on YouTube –