Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Post: Love Definitley Trumps Scripture

This post was written by Justin Gaynor in response to a post I wrote entitled... "Love Over the Bible". Justin is a good friend of mine and hopefully he will be doing more guest post in the future. Enjoy!


Love definitely trumps scripture. God is Love and the only thing special about scripture is that the sovereign God has elected to exercise His authority through it. The same can be said of His people, albeit in different, but complimentary ways. To not acknowledge that is to make scripture an idol...as much an idle as the temple was or any other man made thing. Do that too much and He'd probably set fire to it Himself.

Paul never gave scripture that much emphasis, he acknowledged that scripture was useful, that God breathes life through it. But it never had the importance placed on it that it has had since the reformation...tell people they can't have something and it becomes the most important thing ever...especially if its being used to control and manipulate, everyone wants to be on the right side of that equation. We're sinful. As it stands though, the Way of Life Jesus calls us to will always find its guiding doctrines (common life)centered and grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus...which are recorded for us (thank God)in the Holy Scriptures from Gen to Rev...to be read, understood and applied in the Power of the Holy Spirit, within a community, listening to one another, weighing it carefully,keeping what is good, and holy that all may be instructed, encouraged and built up in obedient, sacrificial love.

Also, I think it's important not to lump the whole of scripture up with the law in ordinances. And if we are to reflect on the law in ordinances, to pray God reveal the Spirit behind them...rather than the letter. Then perhaps we will be using the law lawfully, God willing.


Your Thoughts?

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paultilly said...

I think it can be summed up this way. God did not intend for the scriptures to be used by us to get in the way of Love. They are actually the opposite. They are the written account of the truest essence of love. To let them get in the way of what they are trying to convey is oxymoronic.

The scriptures are inspired by God Yes, but in much the same way that my artwork is inspired by something external. I don't paint perfect equivalents of a scene...they are just inspired by the scene.

I feel that is what scripture is. They are inspired paintings of God...they represent Him accurately and without error, but they also leave some mystery and they do not cover every detail.

A good painting though will accurately represent the parts it covers. While not always giving every detail. A painting of a house can be accurate and without error, without showing us whats in the dresser drawer upstairs in that house.

That is scripture. We are still left to discover in the world around us more of this amazing God.
But we are not to use it as a crutch for our lack of love and compassion.

JustinGaynor said...

First of all, Jacob, love you brother. Honored that you gave me a guest post on Blogismos. I drop by all the time to see what's going on as we seek the Lord together, so I'm humbled 4shore!

Paul, I love the analogy of the piece of art. It places everything in a good perspective with plenty of light and brings to life something mentioned earlier in the post; that of YHWY exercising His authority through His creation, empowered by His Spirit to give the good testimony.

I am reminded of another analogy (the author actually calls it a model) of a five act Shakespearean drama. The author has helped me to understand scripture's role in God's purposes...that is to really flesh out 2 Tim 3v10-17. Here is the excerpt:

Suppose there exists a Shakespeare play whose fifth act had been lost. The first four acts provide, let us suppose, such a wealth of characterization, such a crescendo of excitement within the plot, that it is generally agreed that the play ought to be staged. Nevertheless, it is felt inappropriate actually to write a fifth act once and for all: it would freeze the play into one form, and commit Shakespeare as it were to being prospectively responsible for work not in fact his own. Better, it might be felt, to give the key parts to highly trained, sensitive and experienced Shakespearian actors, who would immerse themselves in the first four acts, and in the language and culture of Shakespeare and his time, and who would then be told to work out a fifth act for themselves.[5]

Consider the result. The first four acts, existing as they did, would be the undoubted ‘authority’ for the task in hand. That is, anyone could properly object to the new improvisation on the grounds that this or that character was now behaving inconsistently, or that this or that sub-plot or theme, adumbrated earlier, had not reached its proper resolution. This ‘authority’ of the first four acts would not consist in an implicit command that the actors should repeat the earlier pans of the play over and over again. It would consist in the fact of an as yet unfinished drama, which contained its own impetus, its own forward movement, which demanded to be concluded in the proper manner but which required of the actors a responsible entering in to the story as it stood, in order first to understand how the threads could appropriately be drawn together, and then to put that understanding into effect by speaking and acting with both innovation and consistency.

This model could and perhaps should be adapted further; it offers in fact quite a range of possibilities. Among the detailed moves available within this model, which I shall explore and pursue elsewhere, is the possibility of seeing the five acts as follows: (1) Creation; (2) Fall; (3) Israel; (4) Jesus. The New Testament would then form the first scene in the fifth act, giving hints as well (Rom 8; 1 Car 15; parts of the Apocalypse) of how the play is supposed to end. The church would then live under the ‘authority’ of the extant story, being required to offer something between an improvisation and an actual performance of the final act. Appeal could always be made to the inconsistency of what was being offered with a major theme or characterization in the earlier material. Such an appeal—and such an offering!—would of course require sensitivity of a high order to the whole nature of the story and to the ways in which it would be (of course) inappropriate simply to repeat verbatim passages from earlier sections. Such sensitivity (cashing out the model in terms of church life) is precisely what one would have expected to be required; did we ever imagine that the application of biblical authority ought to be something that could be done by a well-programmed computer?

ref:

http://www.ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Bible_Authoritative.htm

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