It’s my nature to be inquisitive. Yes, I’m keenly aware that, as Malcolm Gladwell warns, “In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.” But I’m not so much interested in de-constructing life as in gaining a clearer perspective on it.
Think of perspective as Point Of View (POV). When we watch a movie we see what the director wants us to. The “reality” is bordered by the screen. But when we see a documentary on the making of the movie, our POV moves back to a broader frame of reference. We see the story in a larger context.
So it is with spiritual stories. The Bible can now be studied from a twentieth-first century POV, which can help us better understand its historical narratives and theological concepts.
Such re-vision is fraught with danger and I’ve often been warned about the slippery slope of questioning Scripture. But slopes don’t only run downward; they’re also the routes to higher vistas and more breathtaking panoramas.
To a cautious climber, the reward is not worth the risk. To a compulsive climber, the challenge is irresistible.