Wednesday, 20 June 2007

The Bible as blog?

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few people engage in it.”
- Henry Ford

I was listening to a sermon while driving to work today (podcast from St Michael le Belfry’s in York). Anyway, the details don’t particularly matter, but it occurred to me that there are aspects of the Bible that have similar features to blogging.

For example:-
¨ There are every day stories of every day people – e.g. Ruth, Esther.
¨ There is poetry and philosophical musings – Psalms, Proverbs
¨ There are thought provoking developments of previously accepted norms and wisdom – the gospels, e.g. the Sermon on the Mount.

But what resonated most with me were the reflective aspects of Paul’s writings. In Romans chapter 6, he expounds the transformation that has come about through the work of Christ – “You have been set free from sin …" (verse 18). Yet in chapter 7, as he reflects on his – and our – ongoing sin, he concludes: “So then, I myself am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (verse 25b)

Maybe I’m wide of the mark on this, but any thoughts, comments or better examples would be welcomed.

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