So to the last of these six stories.
When I say the bible is fiction – it gets: “But … ” or “So … ” (or lots of deafening silence). No one has yet said: “Me too – isn’t it wonderful!” Just like “sitting-down-dancing” …
I can’t be the only one.
So is that what we need of the bible … ?
A safe-factual-faith – a cultural-religious-Christianity – a God of change-but-not-too-much?
“The stories I want to share – VI” – 19th January 2016
“That’s a bit worrying, thought he would have known that!”
One bible open on the table, one order of service book (open at the Service of Holy Communion), and one observation from a mischievous “guest” (overlooking another absent “guest’s” reading material). The chuckles rippled warmly.
Did you know that our local churches are funding dinner, bed and breakfast for up to twenty-five “rough sleepers”? Every night. From the middle of November to the end of March 2016?
Not only that, but new showers and toilets (and an upgraded kitchen) were fitted to one church especially for these “guests” at a cost of £17k (also paid for by the same local churches)?
And did you know that a vegetarian food option is provided each night? And did you know that a “small shop” is set-up and laid out each time – free second-hand clothes, coats, shoes and new underwear and new toiletries? And all of that funded by these same local churches in our small bit of England. Organised in conjunction with the local town council, who admitted it could not fund this activity.
And did you realise that when you are close-up-and-personal to the label of “rough sleeper”, the individuals who make up that “label” become very ordinary, very precious and very unique human beings – just like you and I. And did you know that their stories are the same as mine and yours? Just as we each make different choices in different circumstances they have too. Our choices have not (not yet) resulted in us being “rough sleepers”. Just like theirs didn’t – until they did.
Did you know the churches did that? I didn’t …
Read the full post here.
My bible is your bible – just not evidence of God.
My bible paints “Great Events” with written ink – a Great Flood … Great Exodus … Great Garden … Great Creation … Great Tree … Great Sin … Great God … Great Jesus … Great Living … Great Dying … Great Resurrecting …
I think we confuse the “ink bit”. I think we make the ink rules – which makes Great Ideas into great idiots – and Great Sharing into suffocating shalt nots.
I love fiction!!
And – for me – “needing” to make the bible something it is not makes the bible “all about me” and not about God. And as a universal role model … I am lacking in lots of areas (and I can’t be the only one).
But more than that – a “factual bible” births a lot of other stuff: Religion obviously. Politics and religion. Global Creeds. National Church. More ink rules. Different ink rules. The “Christian Tradition”. A convenience of politics and power we call religion. A written rules reason for might is right. A God who (more written ink rules says) needs “belief” from all who want to be called His.
>>> Please pause: we choose a God who “needs” … ?
“The bible is fiction” is a release and a homecoming. It allows my GSHJ freedom to breathe again – no saving – no conditions – no divisions – no divides. My fiction bible became so much more for me not needing it to be factual.
I don’t have to fight anymore.
So Jesus doesn’t need to …. and … and (or not) … as written … so God never … and didn’t … and isn’t … as written? And that is a bad thing? That is “I can’t believe in God anymore.”
I wonder if making the bible “factual” suits everyone – we all like evidence:
“I believe in God” uses the same evidence as “There is no God” uses the same evidence as “I am not a Christian I am a (fill in blank)“. And that means we have made the bible what each needs it to be: “All about me being right!”
And not about God (at all).
As I have written these posts one thought has surfaced time after time: Wouldn’t the biggest “God joke” of all be … “Let’s see what they do with finger painting.”
What if the faith Christian’s preach is to be found only in fiction? What if looking silly is what the bible is all about? What if the bible is of children of God – children who really “got it” – and their finger-licking-good-or-bad “finger painting“?
These are the stories I want to share.
This is the BIBLE I want to share.
What about you?