Yesterday, I wrote of a nasty habit we (who are believers) all seem to have: proof-texting the Bible. We comb through the Scriptures looking for verses that validate our beliefs, rather than having our beliefs informed by the Bible.
I do it, you do it, we all do it. But I find it’s best to “let God be true, and every man a liar.”
Else we end up with numerous Jesuses.
You think I jest? Look no further than Amazon; where I’m sure you’ll find books containing:
The Gay Jesus (and not in the Dickensian “happy” sense)
The Married Jesus (Mary Magdalen, of course)
The Atheist Jesus (WT…? Have no idea)
The Feminist Jesus (as a married man, I’m contractually forbidden to comment here)
A Portrait of the Jesus as a Young Savior (James Joyce eat your heart out!)
The Hindu Jesus (He don’t eat no meat!)
Yes, the foregoing is entirely hyperbolic, but I believe it points to a greater problem, namely that we have a tendency to create–of which proof-texting is merely a symptom–Jesuses in our own image.
Rather than letting Him remake us in His.
Think about it the next time you sit down to read your Bible merely seeking to validate your position.
When you do, you might just find a verse, or three, about this image making business–a little thing called:
What do you think?
(On unrelated note, I’m given to understand that Jason Boyett will be writing about reading to his kids today–on his Dadequate blog–and will be linking to a post I wrote last week on Harry Potter. In the words of George Washington, W00t! Thanks for the link love, Jason!)