Simply obey

“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” — Soren Kierkegaard

I want to propose and active response to this understanding. The next time you read your scriptures instead of walking away thinking you have been enlightened. Take the challenge to radically obey the teaching of this scripture for 30 days. Don't be super concerned with obeying the precise truth taught (don't complicate the truth); make a distinct effort to live an active rebuke of your fear of obedience. This is why we do the challenges of the well. This needs to be an active part of your hermeneutic. The active rebuke of fear and our flesh must be an integral part of our discipleship strategy (bible study).

 

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

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