Eddie’s take on the Bible

Crafting and recording
This is a photo of two guys practicing telling God's story in mmm-BELLY-may.  Goes nicely with what Eddie Arthur has to say about the Bible.  He says it better than I could, and he talks about story, so you know I love it.  Please, take the time to read it, it's totally worth it.

The Value of the Bible, by Eddie Arthur

"The Bible is not a book of religious ideas or rules and regulations
(though it does have some of those). Quite simply, it is a story; a
love story told by God himself. In the Bible we read how God reaches
out to fallen humanity calling men and women back to himself to share
in the peace, shalom, which is part of his own nature. It tells how,
ultimately, God steps into the world in human form to reveal himself
and to die on the cross to open a way for humanity to be reconciled to
him and then rises again in triumph defeating death and ushering in
God’s reign over creation.

But though the Bible gives us the authentic record of the story
God’s relationship to his creation: that story isn’t finished. As we
read the record of what God has done, we find ourselves being drawn
into the story as participants. The experiences of the Bible characters
as they grow to understand how God loves and care for them become our
experiences and the disciples responsibility to take this story to the
ends of the earth becomes our responsibility. Careful readers of the
Bible are drawn together and slowly, and all too imperfectly, are built
into communities which demonstrate the peace and justice of God to the
wider world.

So the Bible has a dual role; it informs us about God and how he
cares for and deals with his creation, but it also has the capacity to
draw people to God who transforms them and their communities bringing
his reign and his peace to the world through them.  Either one of these
would make it an extraordinary book, but the fact that the Bible gives
us both makes it of inestimable value to all people on the planet –
whether they realise it or not."

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