Scholarship

Chilly —  June 15, 2012 — 7 Comments

“The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”  ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Q: In our attempt to sound theological or seem scholarly have we forgot to actually apply & obey the Bible?

Chilly

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7 responses to Scholarship

  1. Jacob Lancaster June 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I think that sometimes we do forget to apply and obey the Bible. Sometimes I’m so busy trying to think of some profound thing to say to someone who is struggling with an aspect of the Bible that I forget to live out what I’m trying to explain. If I would just live my life as an example then I wouldn’t have to bother with trying to explain it. They would be able to look at my life and see the answer.

  2. I think we have.
    “We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” – This reminds me of something you’ve shared in a message before where when we read the Bible, or we hear from God, He can be so straight-forward with us. Like “hey, stop pressing snooze in the morning.” And then I’ll go off on some tangent, trying to connect what I’m hearing (or reading) with something more “spiritual”. But God is already telling me so much right there by putting a SPECIFIC discipline in my life.

    I can’t pretend anymore to not hear or understand God’s voice. I know what He sounds like, so I have to be obedient. Thank you, Pastor Chilly! Love you.

  3. “Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined.”

    Deep down this was what has made me theological for so much of my life. If we stop thinking about and talking about the Bible, we will have to live it out and that would ruin my selfish agenda. It’s harder to apply and obey than talk about how to do it. I have to stop being an expert on how to obey the Bible and begin to actually do it.

    Thank you for this quote, I needed to read this.

  4. Now Christians aren’t supposed to think- just do? So we look to YOU, instead of the Bible for guidance on how to live? Not my cup of tea.

    • You, obviously, don’t know me and are jumping to a conclusion that i have not said nor do I model. Read a few more posts or give the benefit of the doubt…

      You may find that the tea will go down a bit easier if you sip rather than gulp.

      😉

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