I’m thinking Christianity and the bible, but the question is valid in a lot of other ways too! For anything you believe, what is your basis?
I run into a lot of people who say things like “I’m a Christian, but I don’t read the bible.” Or “I believe in God but I don’t believe the bible.” Many people, Christian or not, seem to think the bible is just too weird or can’t be trusted. I can certainly agree the bible is challenging. I’m not ready to toss it out though.
If you don’t believe, or trust, the bible, then what is the basis for your belief? Can you have real belief if there is no reference point?
The book Fantasyland, by Kurt Anderson, pokes pretty hard at all our different Christian denominations and how much we argue with each other, and how it seems we are mostly “making it up as we go.” Does that make any sense? Many denominations claim to be bible-based; yet many seem to be overly focused on a few verses rather than the message of the entire bible. Many have valid arguments as far as they go.
It’s one thing to base your views on the bible, potentially getting a few things wrong. But if you don’t even try to base your views on the bible, then what do you have? I’d really like to understand what “non-Biblical Christianity” means.
For now, I’ll continue to struggle with the awkwardness of some of the bible (actually, only a small part is all that awkward). Yeah, I might get part wrong. When that’s pointed out to me, I’ll adjust appropriately.
I choose to continue to be a biblical truth seeker. I’m OK with never reaching 100% understanding! What’s the alternative?