Real Live Preacher has written a challenging little piece on biblical interpretation and the theological slug-fests that frequently occur between those who should call themselves brothers. Its worth a read.
I’m not sure what to say about this. I could get drawn in to the argument, or I could stand back in horror like RLP. I wish I could write as eloquently as John Piper, but I can’t bring myself to say that God would cause a bridge to fall on people. I wish I had the confidence of conviction that Greg Boyd has, but I can’t dismiss Pipers reading of Luke 13:1-5 that easily…
I wish we didn’t have these fights. I wish the bible was more easy to interpret. I wish that we had one ‘message’ to pass on to those who are confused and hurt by these disasters when they search for hope and meaning in a time of grief. Sadly we don’t. Instead we respond to such events by dropping into our trenches and throwing spiritual hand-grenades at each other. God, I wish we didn’t.
For what its worth, I don’t believe that God made the bridge collapse. I don’t believe He sends tsunamis or hurricanes to kill or punish. I couldn’t believe in a God like that; he would be far too vindictive and mean to have my trust. I believe in a God who weeps at the death of friends, not vindictively kills people.
I guess beyond that, I like Gordon’s words:
“I have much simpler questions for people now.
“You reading the New Testament? Trying your best to understand it?”
“Are you trying to follow Jesus as a disciple, trying to understand what he said and live the way he did, where possible?”
“Yeah, I’m trying.”