Do You Wear Glasses When You Read the Bible?

When you read the Bible, do you wear glasses?  I mean metaphorically.  Seriously, do you?

Communication experts tell us that we take in and process information through filters — or lenses.  Often this selective process is helpful, removing the minutia of life so that important and relevant information can be observed, remembered, and contemplated.

Sometimes, however, this filtering process blocks us from seeing — and knowing — what is really significant and meaningful.  Such is often the case as we read and study the Bible.

As we contemplate what the Bible says, our filters cause us to see and understand it through the perspective of our childhood upbringing, our education, and our formed beliefs.  If we are socialists, we see socialism in the Bible; if we are capitalists, we see capitalism in the Bible.  Similarly, we see democracy or theocracy or even monarchy as possessing Biblical support.  Be we Democrats or Republicans, our political views are also mandated by the Bible, with the opposing party’s views squarely nullified.  Never mind that both sides are able to do so with equal vigor and aplomb.

This all happens because we tend to filter out those things that mess with our preconceived ideas and the status quo of our lives,

To garner a fuller, more holistic understanding of the Bible, we need to endeavor to remove our “reading” glasses, considering the full text and embracing the complete narrative — not to support our point-of-view, but to confront it and challenge it.


Investments That You Can Bank On

In these times of economic concern and faltering financial markets, it is easy to worry about the future.  Interestingly, the Bible has much to say on this topic:

“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow.  Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous.  If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” [1 Timothy 6:17-19, The Message]

So, we are to trust God, not money.  God will give us what we need.  We are to use what money we do have for good, thereby putting our “savings” into lasting things.

With the stock market going down, this is certainly something to think about.



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