Research has shown that humans aren’t that much better than other intelligent creatures at first-principles reasoning, but we are absolute killers when it comes to “monkey-see-monkey-do.” (The formal term for this is “social learning.”) —Inside the Clubhouse, Divinations
Me: This is why the New Testament has both teaching and example, from Jesus to the apostles to many of the faithful disciples. It’s got what we need!
I encourage you, then, be imitators of me, 1Co 4.16.
Peterson makes no truth claims about the Bible, whether it is divinely inspired or accurately conveys historic events. In fact, he explicitly states on his website that the Bible is neither history nor empirical science. Rather, he unpacks the Bible as a guide to understanding Western cultural thought.
For example, Peterson’s lecture about the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve focuses not on whether such events occurred or their religious significance but rather on the story as a metaphor of the battle between chaos and order. Further, Peterson lectures extensively about the symbolic meaning of sacrifice in the Bible and its connection to the discovery of the future.
Peterson’s biblical lecture series would, I believe, pass the Supreme Court’s test as a constitutionally appropriate course of instruction in public high schools. His approach of the biblical narrative from a purely secular point of view does not encourage anyone to believe, or not, the stories as materially true.
Source: Jordan Peterson Shows How the Bible Can Be Taught in Public Schools
Surely there is a better way! The above approach is not objective. To say that the Bible is not history ignores all the evidence that it is accurate in every detail. “Western cultural thought” based upon the Bible took for granted the historicity of the Bible account. Can one not say at least that the Bible presents itself as an accurate record of God’s working in history?
Picked up again tonight on our Bible readings at the gym, started at 10 pm, after the last person finished her workout. (I was next-to-last.) We had six people present, not bad considering we’ve been out for two months. Four of the six are not Christians according to New Testament teaching. In two weeks we’ll have another.
So, yeah, me in gym clothes, sweaty, teaching at 10-10.30 pm. Better than it sounds.
One more lesson tonight in the “Divine Initiative” series here in Chillicothe OH, on “The Family of God.” The Lord’s grace gives us community. We cannot survive alone. We need each other. God created us as social beings, as souls who need fellowship for growth and service. The key word is love. The spiritual family deserves greater priority than the physical. It is more important. Let us live in family, and learn to serve and love.
When the simple life of the gospel is preserved and kept from getting complicated, the work of entrusting the sacred testimony to faithful men continues to be a simple process.
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Tim 2.2 ESV.
The work of evangelism and edification means that your teaching usually will be on a simple level. You may miss digging deeper into the Word of God. You might even be tempted to pursue rather involved discussions of the academics. And while going beyond the basic teachings is necessary for your spiritual growth, you must always come back to those fundamental truths of the gospel: what is necessary for salvation, how saints are to be faithful, the nature of God, the work of the Spirit, redemption through the Cross, the church’s identity and mission. O Soul, do not chafe when you have taught the same basic lesson a hundred times. May God give you a thousand more opportunities to teach it!
Tomorrow is a city holiday, so it’s the beginning of a long weekend for many folks here. I’ve worked out at the gym three days this week, so I’ve gotten my minimal time in. Minimal by my mind’s measure. If all goes well tomorrow afternoon, I’ll have taught three Bible studies since Wednesday. Plus other stuff. The study tonight started at 10 pm, at the gym.
#1. I’ve taught the Bible at some different venues before, but tomorrow night will be my first to speak at an exercise gym. Pray I do well.
#2. Sow the seed and let God produce the harvest. Jesus’ parable of the sower shows that we’ve no idea who will be good soil. Our guesses often err badly.
#3. People seem to be providing all sorts of motivations for me to leave The Snuggery (my office), where I’ve been for 16 years. Where to go?
#4. Lately, I’m preferring dark themes for my email account, social media sites, and other digital spots. It’s easier on the eyes, right?
#5. Our afternoons of late have been high heat and then strong rains.
#6. An original verse:
The devil makes himself an angel of light;
But outward beauty doesn’t make it right.
#7. A Bible verse: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ” 2 Cor 11.2.