Reading Francis Chan's "Forgotten God" this morning and this passage made me go "Whoa"...
"The Bible is meant to be interpreted within the context and accountability of faithful community. Yet even with that qualification, there is still a need for those of us nestled deep within the Christian bubble to look beyond the status quo and critically assess the degree to which we are really living biblically.
Most of us assume that what we believe is right (of course we do -- it is why we believe what we believe) but have never really studied for ourselves. We were simply told, "This is the way it is," and didn't question it. The problem is much of what we believe is often based more on comfort or our culture's tradition than on the Bible."
Yeah... that quote hit me in the gut this morning.... I'm guilty of that one, but I'm working on it.
One of my dearest friends came to know Christ in her adult life. She didn't grow up in the church or even around many Christians. She doesn't have the "pre-programmed" beliefs about how Christians are supposed to act like many of us who grew up sitting on those pews every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and for me, on Wednesday nights as well. What's so cool and fresh about being around her is that she is totally lead in her faith by the Holy Spirit and NOT by the rules of some religion that have been pounded into her head. I will admit that sometimes I find myself being frustrated by her lack of structure in her approach to following Christ. But that's just because I'M still being affected by "the rules" that I was taught as a child.
What about you guys? Have you found that when you dig in and study God's word, some of the things that you were "taught" in church aren't quite making sense now? Are your beliefs based more on your comfort or your culture's tradition than on the Bible?
*-Italics directly from "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan