Monday, October 01, 2007

mcmanus on scripture's proper place

Knowing God, knowing His heart, knowing His character is really about falling passionately in love with God and experiencing His love. Of course, there are dynamics to that: the Scriptures are essential. God speaks through the cosmos, God speaks through creation, God speaks through human experience and conscience, God speaks through everything, yes—but I do see the Scriptures as the primary access, a portal into God’s presence. I began to have a clear sense of God’s voice in my life through reading the Scriptures and hearing God’s voice through the Scriptures.

I build my life not on the Word of God, but the voice of God. The Scriptures are to me the instrument that God has placed in history for me to learn the voice of God. I treasure the Scriptures.

Erwin McManus - Relevant Magazine

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3 comments:

Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

You see the glass half full.

Ken sees the glass half empty.

It is a shame we all cannot drink from the same glass(cup).

Warren said...

Sorry, Rick, but I don't know whether or not you've covered this topic before.
Once, I was loading a truck.
I got to talking with the driver. He was from Idaho, which is well known for being a hotbed for militias, racist fanatics, Ruby Ridge, and such. At the time, the Supreme Court had just handed down a decision in favor of eminent domain, a controversial case involving the government taking away someone's private property in New England.
"Ya know,", he said, "when I heard about that, I wanted to go home and get my guns, go out there and sit on the roof with them." He looked at me. "I'm 55, I've had a good life. I don't need the Constitution to tell me my freedoms. The Bible gives me those."
Proverbs 13:24 says that "Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them."
Proverbs 20:30 states, "Physical punishment cleanses away evil, such discipline purifies the heart."
Proverbs 23:13 says, "Don't fail to discipline your children, they won't die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death."
In this day and age of child abuse laws (and this is only an example for the laws of man), where do the laws of God stop and the laws of Man begin? Or vice versa?
I'm not questioning God's laws, but I am confused.
Thanks!

rick said...

Warren - I'm not ignoring you but that question deserves some thinking ...

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