Glory to God in the Highest. Hallelujah He has risen! Welcome to the church season of Easter. After a difficult and trying Lent, I am excited to say Hallelujah in church again. I realize it has been over a month since my last posting and I apologize for that. I have been busy with starting seminary, vestry, and sharing services from my church on iTunes. However, today, I am going to discuss what I have been studying in my Hermeneutics class about the historical-critical method of doing scholarly biblical research. The concept of historical-critical research is to insert doubt and probability in various beliefs of the origins of the Bible and the accuracy of what is being said in the Gospel. The primary core belief is that the Bible has been written a multitude of authors who gathered resources of the stories and miracles of Jesus Christ and copulated them into one book. Essential in lay person terms it’s like Aesop’s fables and contain universal truths and some of the stories are more believable that others.
Academics and the scientific method has invaded our religious thought and study in the seminary. While Christian monks founded the primary scientific method it has been diluted into a logical pattern of probability and statistics. There is no mystery or wonder to it any longer. The issue with religion is that it provides for the opportunity for the impossible. It allows for a belief in something we cannot explain. It allows for Faith. The bible is the reason we have faith. The truth allows us to believe. It allows the faith to exist and thus have churches exist. Without the knowledge and acceptance that no matter what human wrote the bible, it is still the word of God. It contains the truth about God and the path for our salvation. It is a part of a greater understanding of truth about God. The bible is essentially like the cliff notes to the understanding and knowledge of God. It provides us enough for us to accomplish and understand in order to reach salvation. If we have questions then the answers are contained in the Bible we just need to look for them. It is the truth. You must have faith to believe that.
Failure to over analyze and bring in logic and the scientific method into faith is that basic human processes and understanding do not allow miracles to occur. Even chaos has a mathematical anomaly, which can at times be predicted through statistics. Faith is a belief because of what it is not because of any evidence that we can prove it. Failure of the scholarly academics to understand this has resulted in an over analysis of the basics. Believe because we have faith. Understand because you believe. Share because you understand. Sometimes we must remember individuals do not need the complexities of our faith because it justifies it through numbers but they need the simple understanding because everything else in our world is so complex.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV)