What is it? When was it written? What does it contain? How was it put together? How do people feel about it today?
A book that even if you have not read all of it or stepped inside a Church during your life you’ll probably have an opinion about it.
The Bible was written by many different authors and includes many different styles of writing historical accounts, poems, memoirs etc. It can be considered to be a library of books all written at different times, which were originally handed down by word of mouth.
The Bible is a product of ancient traditions and communities through the ages. What exactly makes up the Bible has been debated and questioned for century’s!
The canon – which comes from the Greek word meaning “rule” or “measuring stick” has been developed through debate and agreement by religious authorities of their denominations (groups/communities) to form what we know today as The Bible. There are different translations and paraphrases available and used, finding a translation that you find accessible can be an adventure!
The early church used what we call The Old Testament and the apostles did not leave a defined set of new scriptures – the New Testament developed over time.
The Bible has a long history not only of its development but also how it has been used to liberate and oppress people through the ages.
As part of my Local Preacher training, I have reflected upon the nature of the bible and its authority. Which has led me to look at how people today both those who attend Church and those who don’t feel about the bible given all that history, how do we feel about it today now?
In the age of the “selfie” where millennials (those born in the 1980’s/1990’s) i.e. my generation! Are connected like no other generation before via social media where we are quick to “like” and react to a photo.
I set out to capture some of the views and feelings towards the Bible today and compare them to The Methodist Church’s Connexional report about the nature and authority of The Bible in the Methodist Church.
Watch the following YouTube video to take a look at what I found out:
The process of talking to people about how they feel about the bible was humbling, it often lead to a conversation that was at a much deeper level about belief, God and love! Thank you to everyone for humouring me and talking “religion” which I know for some wasn’t a comfortable experience!
Hopefully, I didn’t force a Bible down anyone’s throats! Because I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus would have done, he’d probably would have just had a chat to find out how you feel because for me The Bible isn’t so much about what I read with my eyes it’s what I feel in my heart from reading it and making it a part of my life.
Why not just start with one book? Or engage more deeply with the Bible with one book of it? As a new years resolution?