It’s not that difficult, really.
You hear enough people saying it, you see someone preach up a storm about it, someone even sings a song with the concept in it and it must be true. You don’t really have the time to check it out for yourself. Over time it sinks in enough for you to just accept it. After a while it really is weird for people to even challenge it because it’s what you’ve grown in and accepted as the way things are.
Sometimes that happens with the Bible. Assumptions are made about it. What it says, what it doesn’t say. How it’s written, who’s supposed to say what. It’s easy to have a piecemeal approach to it as you have those on hand to refer to who are likewise reinforcing things they themselves have never seriously explored in depth.
It’s a funny way of going about relationships with the Author of the book.
If I were to take a similarly assumption based approach to my wife it wouldn’t take too long before she challenged me as to whether I really loved her. Or if I preferred to love my idea of her. Often preferring the idea of her is a lot more fun, but in truth it’s no more loving her than it is loving a photo of her. It’s an image – it’s not reality. The danger in loving the image instead of reality is how we find life far less fulfilling.
Rather than making assumptions of the author the book expressed in various way of using (and misusing) the book, it’s perhaps in our best interests in pursuing a relationship with the Truth to find the Truth of the matter.
That’s just a suggestion.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden