GodReflection: My Bible Doesn’t Read Like Yours
When it comes to self-deception we humans are at the top of our game. The “way I feel” fuels the ease with which I can deceive myself.
Unfortunately, there are times when I approach my Bible—fueled by preconceived feelings—in search of what I want to hear.
There are also occasions when I am faced with one of life’s intense challenges and my feelings color everything I do and read—even my Bible.
In some cases, my feelings generate questionable to wrong interpretations of anything I read—Bible included—while in other instances intense feelings may cause me to see more clearly.
Why the difference?
We human types were wired perfectly by the Creator to feel at a Holy level. Humankind experienced perfection with the emotion of feeling. All was good.
He messed with God’s electrical work and here I am in Century 21 as I confront each day with multiple attempts to deal with Satan’s consequences.
So, I find my feelings flavored with my biases and the baggage I’ve accumulated over my life-walk and by my current season in life.
Since we are all scorched by the Satanic short-circuit, life’s circumstances cause each of us to approach our Bible with different feelings and with varied degrees of intensity.
Those who encounter trauma, illness and loss often find comfort and insights that fail to appear in the same Bible of those who seem to walk in green meadows and sunshine.
When my life faces intense stress, the burden of healthcare for a family member or encounters with the valley of death, my feelings associated with each experience shades what I discover in Holy Scripture.
What does all of this have to do with the way I read my Bible?
There is a sense that my Bible was written just for me. Therefore, I should never be afraid to bring any and every emotion I have to the Holy Scripture.
Since God understands me better than I understand myself His love for me stands firm no matter how my feelings influence what I take away from my open Bible.
Regardless of the diverse feelings I bring to my Bible, my responsibility remains the same–to seek the heart of the Holy and to demonstrate that very same heart to every person I deal with throughout my day.
At the same time, I hope to learn to become more tolerant with what others discover in their own Bible as they bring their own ever-changing feelings to its pages.
Any chance we might all be more tolerant of each other as together we worship and serve the God who lovingly embraces us even with all of our weakness that we express through our feelings?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Do My Feelings Cause Me to Read my Bible Differently?