This picture has been going around Facebook. It is a quote from Rachel Held Evans' new book Biblical Womanhood. I haven't read the new book yet, but I am reading Monkey Town and finding that I really like the way she thinks. I have appreciated her blog and now her books.
I think this quote is spot on. While many people read the Bible, I wonder how much of it they digest. What I means is, if you are not finding some parts not only spiritually challenging, but at times offensive then I wonder if you have really absorbed some parts.
Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that there are not times that we should be "offended" by the Bible in such a way that it drives us to bring our life into balance before God and other human beings. But there are also some passages that are really hard to take because the world of the Bible is so different than our own. If those parts don't trouble you then I ask the same question Rachel asks: "Have you actually read the Bible?"
If you have then you know the tension we experience of discovering the Bible to be what can only be described as the "words of life" as well as some "stuff" that just doesn't seem like it should fall under the definition of "divine inspiration." But that, I suppose, is part of the journey.
HT: James McGrath via Facebook.