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Making friends with the Bible by Elouise Renich Fraser

By Elouise Renich Fraser

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More precisely, we've managed to turn its good news about all of us into good news for only some of us. This means bad news for the rest of us. The Bible is good news for everyonechildren as well as parents, women a well as men, oppressors as well as op- Page 39 pressed. That doesn't mean it always sounds like good news. However, if our interpretations sound like good news or feel like painful news for only some of us, then we haven't listened carefully enough. We're still in our hiding places.

And so we hide. Page 21 The Problem of Hiding Recently I dropped by the home of a new church member. I had a paper that needed revision and was looking for advice. As I stood in the doorway, my new friend's next-door neighbor came by. During the introductions, it became painfully obvious my new friend didn't want his neighbor to discover he had recently joined a church. But it was almost impossible for him to explain my presence and my relationship to him without giving away the secret of his new involvement in the church.

Whether we say the words or not, we believe it's the Bible's fault that it isn't everything we want it to be. Most of us want the Bible to be easy to understand. Since it's an important book, you'd think it would be less complicated. But the Bible is never easy enough to understand, and talking about how hard it is to understand has become one of our favorite pastimes in church school and Bible study. Page 25 Contradictions seem to multiply as we read first one part of the Bible and then another.

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