What would it be like if we as Christians believed that the Bible was written for us:
…to encourage us to think more, not less?
…to help us develop wisdom so that we can come to conclusions and make decisions maturely on our own, not simply give us answers and rules to follow?
…to engage us in an ongoing struggle to find truth, not to lead us to think we have all the answers?
…to make us more curious about our world and other areas of learning, such as the sciences, literature, and the arts, and not less?
…to give us material about which we can faithfully argue and disagree with one another, not to resolve all arguments and disagreements?
…to force us to trust by taking us deeper into places of mystery, wonder, and bewilderment, rather than taking away all our doubts and questions?
…as a tool more for contemplation and conversation with God and each other rather than as a handbook for life, a rulebook, or a book of doctrines?
…to form us into people who are more authentically human and more involved in the world, not less?
…to enable us to find more common ground with our neighbors, not less?
…to help us focus fully on fulfilling the greatest commandments of loving God and our neighbors?
What would it be like…?