“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” – Soren Kierkegaard
A dear friend of mine sent me this quote the other day.
While in college studying “religion,” what a good warning to heed.
The life of Kierkegaard is an interesting one. (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kierkegaard/) Almost makes me proud to be part Danish. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of his works in the future.
Ten days until Nels comes back from Fort Jackson…ten…more…days…:) I’m thankful for this time apart, as it’s been good for both of us, but I am SO ready for it to be over.
These ten days will be busy – a youth retreat, a back yard Bible club, a couple of big projects at work – hopefully it will pass quickly.