I read all of the Biblical verses that the devout Christian gave me a few days ago and which were referenced in my latest column. As mentioned before, they all deal with believing the word of God, believing the Bible, not listening to reason, not studying elsewhere, etc.
I called (long distance, she is not nearby) to thank her, tell her that I read all of them. I also told her that they would apply perfectly to her, since she never reads or even accepts anything on religion other than the Bible. Additional Biblical study might make her a better Christian, or perhaps lead her to some serious thinking about her faith.
There are no Biblical books in her home other than the Bible. That of course is one way to completely sever herself from the reality of other books by Biblical scholars on the history and religiosity of Jesus. It is a way to sever herself from any other possible interpretation than the one that she herself has.
I have also been in the offices and libraries of many ministers and priests, and noted their extensive shelves and sometimes a whole wall of shelves filled with books offering further explanation, interpretations, details, histories, spiritual guides and other information about the Bible, Jesus, God the Holy Spirit and aspects of Christian beliefs and religious rites and commandments.
I have been in minister’s offices when an arcane question arose. They go to their library of books to select a tome that might shed further light on the question and subject at hand. They do this not to avoid their Bible or eschew their beliefs, but to add information from translators, Biblical scholars and historians of the time of the Old Testament and the time of Jesus as written in the New Testament.
Sadly, this Christian woman stays and obviously wants to remain willfully ignorant and limited to only the “truth” of her Bible. It would be as if I, trained in college as a biologist, were to read, study and believe only a biology text from the 1800s or early 1900s in place of some of the seminal work in different fields of biology being accomplished today
In our conversation, I offered to share with her some other Biblical verses that I had compiled. She flat out refused. I suggested that she get a pencil and paper to record my verses. She would not. Her argument against this was that she did not want to get into a debate or argument with me over such verses. No debate was suggested or implied. The verses were just suggested for her further education and consideration.
That being the case, why would she send me verses that also might or could create an argument? I don’t argue with people, but am happy to discuss religion with those interested. Obviously, she is not interested in anything other than her own narrow and selfish religious views.
My view? That she is actually a bigoted, biased Christian who knows that I research things and that she is flat-out afraid of me. She is afraid of me because of the Biblical quotes that I would and could come up with that would put a new perspective on Christianity, the Bible and her unalterable view of the Bible and Jesus.
Yep, I am sure that she is afraid of me and my comments and Biblical quotes.