Texting God: Chapter 1 - Talk to God
Introducing The TEXT Method - Reading your Bible as a conversation between God, humanity, and you
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Some people love snakes. You get what they are saying. You understand the words they use, like “so” and “cute,” “fun,” “hold,” and “favorite” but, even though you understand what they are saying, you really don’t understand what they are saying. Seriously, how can anyone say that snakes are fun to hold? This makes no sense. It’s foolishness! That snake could kill you in a heartbeat and you think it’s cute and fun to hold? It’s definitely hard to understand the mind of the snake lover.
In fact, there are a lot of things that you might say, and you might be heard, but the other person still just won’t get you, and it’s not a problem of your words. It’s a problem of what your words mean to the other person. Like, you can read a book written in your own language, and you can see what the author is trying to say, but if you’re just not buying it, then you just can’t understand. For example, a lot of people have read the Bible, and understood the words, but not everyone can buy it. Some might call it wisdom, and others foolishness. Like the Bible says itself, “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) Same words, different message.
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Is the Bible just a good story and nothing else? Was Jesus just a good teacher but not God? Or do you think you are looking at the very words of God as you look at your Bible? There are lots of professors and historians that study and teach the Bible but don’t worship God. There are a lot of people who read their Bible but don’t understand how it could change their lives, while others read it and go from addiction to freedom, and from fear to hope.
Why the differences? Why does the Bible fall flat for some and change the lives of others?