May 2, 2008

The Unused Power of the Bible

In Simply Christian N.T. Wright says,
The computer I'm writing on right now will do a thousand things, but I use it only for writing and for access to the Internet and email. In the same way, many Christians--whole generations of them, sometimes entire denominations--have in their possession a book which will do a thousand things not only in and for them but through them in the world. And they use it only to sustain the three or four things they already do. They treat it as a form of verbal wallpaper: pleasant enough in the background, but you stop thinking about it once you've lived in the house a few weeks. It really doesn't matter that I don't exploit more than a small amount of my computer's capability. But to be Christian while not letting the Bible do all the things it's capable of, through you and in you, is like trying to play the piano with your fingers tied together.
N.T. Wright is challenging me lately to think deeper and more actively about how my theology and practice cannot and should not be separated. They each inform and reflect each other. We need to be continually growing in our understanding of God and His activity in our world.


  1. The computer will allow you do a thousand real things. The Bible will allow to do a thousand delusional things.

    It does matter that you use the computer, a product of Science to gain real knowledge with. The Bible is only a product designed by the blind to lead the blind...

  2. Critical,

    Thanks for commenting. I am sorry you don't see that the two can and do coexist (Science and God). The problem with both is that they both require faith. But that is also the best part about them.

    Have a great day.