Friday, January 02, 2009

Now that's what I call Bible Reading 2009: Like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

I'm plagiarising this thought from a conversation with Marcus Honeysett, but anyways...
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It says that the effect of drinking a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick."
We know however that there is something better to drink than the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster - the love of God, which is better than wine. And there is something that tastes better too - namely the Word of God, which tastes sweeter than honey. What if when we read the Bible it was like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick?

Given that what's written in ink has the power to cut us open, or to create the universe it doesn't seem an altogether unreasonable expectation to have when I open the good book. Granted it wont always deliver that kind of effect (and sometimes we need something a bit more gentle and comforting) but it'd do me no harm at all to expect God to speak and that the experience might not leave me exactly the same as I was before.

3 comments:

  1. Hopefully I can encounter God in the Bible like that in 2009!

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  2. I actually had an encouter like that a few days ago (think it was my first - I'm sure I'd have remembered others!)

    I've been reading through James little chunks at a time and when I got to 3:13-18... well it's hard to explain (that THGTTG quote is maybe the best) but I was almost literally floored, I don't know why but as I read that passage I knew, in an experiential way, that this was the actual words of God and honestly I did not know what to do with that! The next time I came to read my Bible I actually hesitated for a second before I opened it... in a way (and I hope this isn't blasphemy!) I'm quite glad that my Bible-reading isn't always like that: I don't think I could handle it.

    Not sure what my point is: maybe something like, 'let's pray for that sort of Bible reading, but not do it lightly!'

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  3. I agree - there are days when having our brains smashed out is the last thing we need. And then there are days when we really need that.

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