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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Truth of Scripture and The Jabberwock

The Jabberwock,
as illustrated by John Tenniel

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"


["Jabberwocky" is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There…(]

In what area of your life are your actions governed by fear of what others think? How could Jesus help you? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1360). 

it has gotten to the point where a few people will say, in essence, “You must emphasize these Scriptures, to the detriment of all others; and if you don’t agree, then you’re not a good Christian.”….Each of us has the sobering responsibility to study Scriptures and to come to our own conclusions, through prayer and meditation, about God’s mandates. This is religious freedom. (Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, page 343).

Domineering ideologues undercut the Gospel of Christ—the Good News is twisted into oppression by (usually) a few dominant males. We are to approach Scripture not with the myopic viewpoint of a few Jabberwocks, but with the freedom that only the breadth of God’s love can bestow. When we approach Scripture we should do so prayerfully and with the love of God in our hearts, not with beady eyes fixed on finding an excuse to subjugate others. My father was a Methodist minister, and I will always be grateful for the sense of reverence and freedom he bestowed. He never appropriated for himself the role of having the final say about the truth of Scripture. He would only smile and shake his head if anyone were to suggest that he do so. I hope to live out fully my father’s approach in this matter.

Those who practice domination are likely to be dominated themselves.

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