The Bible is a complex and rich tapestry, but we often fail to see the patterns, let alone the overarching pattern, of it. For me at one time, it was like looking at a tapestry from the wrong side – just a jumble of threads going seemingly everywhere and nowhere, without any discernible design.
At the same time, the Bible is not safe. I found it to be a harsh reflection of me when I read it for the first time. It was dangerous.
It commanded itself to me, but I didn’t always like what I saw or felt. Primarily, I didn’t like what reflected back at me about myself.
I will never forget the day in a world religion class as a college freshman that I read these words:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul…
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