We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Friday, March 15, 2013
A Change of Heart
What a difference it makes when we read scripture lovingly! Portman's change of heart reminds us that what we bring to the Bible is as important as what we find there. If we bring law, we find Law. If we bring love, we find Love. The thing is that when we bring love to the reading of scripture we are more firmly grounded in the Spirit as we read it and better able to see that the biblical journey of faith is the transformation from Law to Love, a transformation found in both testaments. Amen.