Monday, November 7, 2011
Opening The Bible
SOS is a more tailored version of the Bible called The Message. It's basically like a "Bible For Dummies" version of the original which is very thoughtful because they recognize the fact that I really don't have a clue. I figure, now that I have to lug this thing around with me everywhere, I might as well use it for something other than dead weight in my backpack, so I decided to go ahead and crack it open. Besides, as a wise friend so eloquently put it to me one day.."Don't knock it 'till you've tried it." Initially, I started out looking for something in particular, but I really have no idea what order these scriptures are in.. if any.. (definitely not alphabetical) so I decided to roll the dice and let the pages fly. The book chose to open itself to a guy named Luke. Apparently, he was the misfit of the bunch because he was gentle. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean exactly but I can certainly relate to being different. It seems he was against the idea of clubs (political, cultural, formal) that excluded people and suggested that his club was better because everybody had a shot at becoming a member. After reading some of the passages, I began to wonder if this was supposed to be some sort of an invitation that was being delivered to me to come and join their club. It's a tempting offer, just because they seem so happy, but I wandered off the road to redemption a long time ago. Besides, part of me is still skeptical that I am being reeled into some sort of cult because it really feels like some kind of strong voodoo that keeps me coming back for more. So there we have it, a Nomad's very first attempt at the bible. I was hoping for some sort of revelation or flash amount of wisdom but I guess Rome wasn't built in a day. I have a very strong suspicion, though, that instead of being a guide to answers, it is only going to help generate more questions. I don't want to crowd my precious travel blog with too much bible jargon so I guess I'll just work on a separate blog to cover that particular journey. Also, I'm not going to try and kid myself and attempt to read such a loaded book cover-to-cover on a subject that I have only a passing interest in. Instead, I will take a more realistic approach and ask people what their favorite parts are so I can touch on the highlights. Well, that's my sermon for the day. I guess if anybody ever asks how I got started reading this book, it began with a small group in Malibu that for whatever reason refused to give up on a lost soul.