If you take a look at the about page for this site, you’ll see that one of my interests is theology/Christianity. I professed faith in Christ in childhood, grew up in a Christian home, and primarily attended one church. Having now experienced into adulthood a variety of churches and different views on the subject, I’m always intrigued with the books and Bible studies that come out of religious presses each year.
Looking over the Bible and Bible books section of any bookstore, the information is massive. There is material out there that is really good and there is some I think is lacking.
Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith is a book written by pastor Rob Bell. In it, he discusses how Christians and theologians throughout the centuries have attempted to articulate a Christian worldview, and how he is attempting to do so in his own way. He makes some great points about the way many have acted out their beliefs in the past (both good and bad), and how we continue to do so now.
It’s not easy. And I can’t help but think that God made it this way on purpose. What reason would we have to continue to study His Word if we knew it all (or thought we did) with one read? There are passages in the Bible that I believe are clear, others are less so and even sometimes appear contradicting of previous verses. But all of this that keeps people discussing, listening, and debating. And that’s fine: as long as followers of Christ are living out the principles of demonstrating love for God and love towards others.
Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
God has spoken, the rest is commentary. -Rob Bell