May 10, 2021

Story vs Fact

To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.
Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)
To me, there's a subtlety to being a disciple of Christ that is under-appreciated. We must navigate between science and faith, between story and fact. While there are some who reject faith because there is science to refute it, there are others who, unable to understand metaphor, take certain Bible references literally and reject scientific research. At the same time, it's sometimes difficult to understand that taking a fact to an extreme might well lead us far from the truth, while a story which seems mythical on the surface might lead us to the meaning of life.

This is something I think the Bible has dealt with all along. God clearly wants us to appreciate both story and fact. And even the Bible sometimes treats its own words as metaphor, leaving us free to accept new ideas from research while still maintaining a love for the scriptures. The word of God is its own kind of literature and was intended to be neither history, biography, nor scientific textbook. To take the Bible seriously, sometimes it's necessary to respect its words enough to look at them through a variety of lenses, to engage in dialogue with them, and to understand their truth without doing violence to common sense.

The wisdom and knowledge found in Christ, for example, is rooted in trust in God and love for neighbor. If our understanding of the scriptures enhances neither, then perhaps we are misunderstanding its words.

In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
 Colossians 2:3 (NLT)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me to trust you, O God, to be at work in medical professionals and scientific researchers today, even as you were at work on the first day of creation.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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