Monday, April 12, 2010

Another Dirty Secret

"A warning: it may prove dangerous to get involved with the Bible. You approach it with a series of questions, and as you enter it you find the questions turned back upon you. King David got swept up in a story by the prophet Nathan and leaped to his feet indignant - only to learn the barbed story concerned himself." - Philip Yancey

So I grew up a dumb wrestling fan and from time to time I catch up on what is going on in the wrestling world. Tonight, as I was multi-tasking with Yancey and Sportscentre, the wrestling show shot off a quick commercial that was a warning not to attempt the things these wrestlers are doing. So it got me thinking.

Why would you tell people not to do what you are doing? It comes down to fear. If people get injured 'play wrestling' then the big company gets in trouble. Do they really care? No, but that is not really the point. Who else does this? Cigarettes. The tobacco industry displays on their product the deadly effect of smoking and yet people are buying. What brings them back is addiction. Even after making this connection and deciding to turn off the tv, I still found myself wanting to numb myself with ignorant entertainment. Bakit ganon? There is clearly an addictive quality to these activities, BUT these big companies are not out for our best interests are they? Of course not. These people are only scared of being held liable for what happens to you as a result of their product.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. [Ephesians 6:12]

So I come across this warning for the Bible. Now the Bible can be a very heavy book but not all that deadly if you catch some palo upside the head. I found it odd for a while even after understanding that the Bible in many parts of the world can bring pain, torture, and death...but yet again the point has been eluded.

How come this theologian is marketing his book in the same fashion as tobacco and pro wrestling? Simply because it is. The thing is, as I've been learning again and again, "it" all has to be worth it. The risk hast to be worth the satisfaction that is promised to accompany "it" and that is what must be put under the microscope. These big companies are promoting danger while warning against it, all the while attempting to get us more and more hooked on their product. So let us see what makes the Bible so dangerous.

"Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."" [Luke 9:23]

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." [Romans 5:8]

A daily surrender, commitment, and struggle with Christ because He loves us enough to to that and infinitely more. Truth that exposes who we are and who God is, that is what makes the Bible dangerous. Yancey is talking of our sinful-self-discovery.

'Having seen all this you can choose to look the other way, but you can never again say 'I did not know'' - William Wilberforce

The risk of this however IS worthy. We die to ourselves only to be made alive in Christ. Losing ourselves to be made anew {Matt.10:37-39} The result now should be similar to that of the addict. If these faux-dangerous negative things cause harmful addiction, the correction of the perversion (the lie of what is really dangerous) in method and content should produce an equal yet positive result. All in all I think that my point is that reading the Bible, coupled with openness amd understanding perhaps, can and should become an addictive experience. Following those you trust who know the Lord {2Tim. 3:14 / 2Cor. 11:1} is to take part in the dangerous spectacle of Scripture.

Intake of Scripture WILL produce Jesus Freaks!

Isaiah 55:10-12
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.

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