Prerequisite to learning and God…


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People who don’t like talking about God get very rigid about how they see things. “This is like this, and that’s the way it is.” And they get frustrated at anyone claiming there’s another valid point of view. “Let’s not talk about religion.” But I disagree with that whole notion. It’s often in the different point of view in reference to your own that you find remarkable truth… You can’t even know that you have a point of view until you find an opposing one…

The Bible is filled with different cultural points of view: Abraham was not Jewish (he was from Ur), neither was David (who’d consider himself Israeli), and they lived in very different times… It’s a collection of books orchestrated by God, but written by different people spanning more than a thousand years, three languages and many cultures.  But the most “different” viewpoint of all (in Scripture) is God’s.  He speaks to and through the people of each culture, but He is not part of any culture… Just like the prism of colors that come from sunlight, the cultures can all communicate something of His, but none of them contain Him.

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