So it’s become quite apparent that I’m a rambling thinker. I think thoughts that puzzle me and keep me awake at night. One just leads to another and to another. Adventures in D’Ma land. 🙂 Here is the latest edition in D’Ma’s rambling thoughts:
If the scriptures in Genesis about the creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, and Moses parting the Red Sea and the Israelites are myths handed down through generations until they were finally written down for posterity what then becomes of the burning bush? Moses meeting with God, himself, on Mt. Sinai? God giving the ten commandments to Moses inscribed on tablets?
Realizing the difficulty in interpreting these events literally, it’s also a bane to my faith not to. Because I had interpreted them literally it gave me comfort thinking that someone, somewhere along the way had a tangible experience with the Almighty. Someone had seen him – talked to him face to, well, whatever part of him they could see. But see him they did. Moses face was supposedly so bright with the radiant glow of being in his presence that he had to cover it. I thought the prophets had heard a direct word from God.
Not only that, but Hebrews chapter 11 is an entire epithet to the faithfulness of these Old Testament heroes. They’re used as examples, held up in high regard, for their faithfulness to Yaweh. As if they are real figures.
Interpreting the Law as, in the words of Chris from Cognitive Discopants, “the fallible attempts of men to discern the will of Yahweh, rather than laws handed down infallibly by God himself “ gives me great pause. That means that the prophets I thought had seen what I cannot, didn’t see him at all. They were making it up as they went along just like the rest of us. That means that the documents that I trusted to tell me of God’s character may not reflect God’s character at all.
Then I’m back to my original question of: If scripture is fallible man’s attempt to discern the will of God, and not necessarily the accurate will of God, how would we know that the God depicted in the Bible would be the God and not some other God, or no God at all? What makes anyone convinced of that fact?
I had some questions regarding Chris’ remarks to which I had the pleasure of Thom Stark replying. Yes, that Thom Stark. I appreciate his candor and honesty. I found him a pleasure to correspond with. Even if I didn’t find his answers terribly satisfying, he’s given me serious food for thought.