Bible Midterm Notes - God Talk-Makes God small and...

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God Talk -Makes God small and manageable -Makes it hard to witness to nonbelievers Theology -If you are a theologian, pray truly; and if you pray truly, you are a theologian -Don’t let theology take the place of a lived faith -Experiencing God is greater than studying God Christian -Christians don’t necessarily believe or do certain things -Christianity is a process -A Christian is : (1)on the way (though maybe not very far) and has a dim idea of who to thank (2) embodies the life of Jesus Questions -Each person has one central question of their whole life -Don’t start by looking in the Bible for its answers. Look for its questions. Bible: Illiteracies and Ironies -Today in church people hear about Jesus instead of from Him -Our cultures equates truth with factuality -Many people are educated not to ask questions about the Bible -Reading Scripture aloud helps recognize a voice behind it -Memorizing is very valuable -People get scared by interpretation—but to read is to interpret. -Monk’s goal in reading is to see Christ in each verse Bible: Give Me a Word -Hermeneutics: to draw out what is hidden -“Give me a word” -Too much discussion of spiritual matters causes a fake sense of holiness in people -Silence was a presence -Reading the Bible allegorically, finding the direction to which it points -Bible interpretation has to be absorbed and tested BY EXPERIENCE -“She did what she could” Lectio Divina “Holy Reading -Meditation of scripture to enhance one’s life of faith, not knowledge or information -Asking scripture without requiring answer/conclusion -Simply listening to Sciprture -As a practice of prayer, lectio is open to anyone -Story of Mary and Martha Bible -The Bible is not like any other book; don’t read it as literature
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