Thursday, August 10, 2006

All Scripture

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together writes:
"But there can be equally little doubt that brief verses cannot and should not take the place of reading the Scripture as a whole... Holy Scripture does not consist of individual passages; it is a unit and is intended to be used as such."
This is more than a warning about proof texting [the wrong habit of building a theology based on a limited selection of verses]; it speaks to the habit of too many christians using tools like "Daily Bread" [now there is sometimes some good stuff there] for their food when God has a feast for us. It's like choosing a lollipop when God is offering a multi-course gourmet meal. We too often limit our reading to favourite passages. There are parts of the Bible that we tend to ignore - could it be that we will only know the multi-dimensions of God's heart as we read all of his Word to us!?

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