Sunday, December 7, 2008
a postmodern's understanding of scripture
In my "Adult Bible Class" today at church we discussed the differences between modernism and postmodernism as they relate to Christianity. I freely admit (perhaps too proudly) that I'm a postmodern (at least, I'm more post-modern than modern). Experiences weigh very highly in my determination of truth. In the same class the issue of eternal security came up, and what I have seen by experience was in contradiction to what was being taught from scripture. My first instinct was "He must be interpreting scripture incorrectly." It was an easy thought, since I know that there are those who have studied the scripture for 60+ years, building upon two millenia of Christian thought, who stand on all sides of the issue. But something clicked within me. I connected the previous conversation about postmodernity with my reaction. What if instead of the scripture being interpreted improperly, I had interpreted my experience improperly. What if my veiw was too narrow, or my memory too selective? It was a reminder that I am not to interpret scripture in light of my experiences, but interpret my experiences in light of scripture.