Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Bible - The "Dumbed-Down Word of God"

Have you ever tried to tell the story of the conception and birth of Jesus to a group of 4 and 5 year olds? Would you simply read this from the King James Version of the Bible? You could surely try, but it's going to be a waste of time as the children won't understand any of it. You have to put it in words and concepts a young child can understand.

If you think about it - the Bible itself is this way. It's been put in words and concepts that we, as humans, can understand. God "dumbed it down" for us.

No man can truly understand God. Who and what and why and when and how He is - it is all much too complex for our minds to comprehend. We try to put Him into a box - try to make Him into something that makes sense to us. But it is impossible. And, if we believe that He can fit into that box... we are disrespecting Him and not accepting the extent of His being - His grace, and love... His omnipotence, and omniscience, and omnipresence.

But, God understands that He is beyond our understanding. However, He does want us to understand, at least to a degree. He wants us to learn. He wants to guide us and teach us. And so, just as the preschool Sunday School teacher, He "dumbs it down" for us. He gives us the Bible - a book which is written in concepts and words the average person can understand. A book which describes almost every trial and situation we will find ourselves facing, even in this day and age.

We are His children, and He wants to teach us. So.. quit reading my blog, go open up your Bible, and let our God, through the Holy Spirit, teach you.

Good night and God bless!

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