This will be on the “Back Page” of the bulletin at Fishkill UMC this coming Sunday, March 31, 2019 (4th Sunday in Lent, Year C).
It has long been a mantra in science that something didn’t happen if it wasn’t written down. The owner of a patent or a scientific discovery has been decided on the information written in someone’s research notebook.
The philosopher Joseph Campbell noted that there is an element of truth in every myth. It is up to the reader to search out the truth behind the myth.
The Scriptures are a written record, not of history or science, but of humankind’s relationship with God. The book of Genesis may have come about as a means of explaining who we are and how we came to be.
It is our responsibility to understand that there is a story behind what has been written down and it is our responsibility to find out what that story is. Why, for example, did Jesus tell us to turn the other cheek? Only through study do we understand that this was not an act of passive submission but a major act of defiance.
The Scriptures tell us of our relationship with God and others. We must use the ideas presented in the Scriptures in conjunction with our reason, tradition, and experience to have a lasting faith.
I will not give up the Scriptures
nor will I give up my faith but I will use the Scriptures and what they tell me
about my relationship with God to better help others find their relationship
with God. ~~Tony Mitchell