Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Simple Matter

A quote I found by Soren Kierkegaard:

"The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament."

I'd say it's food for thought, but it's just that sort of scholarly musing that I think Kierkegaard was railing against. Unless, of course, it digests quickly and becomes grounds for action.

1 comment:

Bri said...

Right on! That's all I really have to say. But it's true... we complicate our Bible so much and try to rationalize sinful behavior.