Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Humility, wisdom, trust, love, and receptivity

Richard Briggs wrote a book called Reading the bible Wisely. I haven't read it, but I like that title. Most Christians I know struggle to read the Bible, or they read it devotionally (small snippets chosen for their encouragingness), in which case context becomes of no importance, and many passages wind up being misunderstood. [For a lesson on context, see Chaplain's Mike's recent post at the Internet Monk, I am the least of these.]

Anyway, I forget where I read it, but some blogger quoted the Briggs book recently, saying that the Bible should be read with "humility, wisdom, trust, love, and receptivity."

So true. And it occurs to me that the Bible reader continues to benefit from repeated re-reading of the Scriptures because over time the reader, through that process, often grows in "humility, wisdom, trust, love, and [therefore] receptivity."

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