Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Our life depends on stories

"The specific, nitty-gritty, sometimes disgusting, sometimes beautiful things that God has done really matter. We're saved by faith alone, but faith needs facts. We need to believe in something particular and concrete. After Joshua and all his contemporaries died, we are told that "there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord" (Judges 2:10-11).

They didn't know God, and this led them into sin. They didn't know God because they hadn't learned about the things he had done for them in the past. Their parents neglected to tell them the stories. They didn't know that God chose Abraham to be the father of his chosen people, and he gave him Isaac. Isaac had two sons--Jacob and Esau. Esau was given the hill country, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. Later, they were enslaved, but God led them out of Egypt and saved them by drowning the Egyptians in the Red Sea.

These are simple stories--nothing convoluted or arcane. But forgetting them was the downfall of Israel over and over again."

Abraham Piper on Stories
"Don’t you just love a story? Doesn’t anyone? Is it not a relief to be drawn out of ourselves, to be released temporarily from the exhausting struggle of trying to conjure up some sort of metanarrative to make sense of the world around and within? The Bible is 90% story and that didn’t happen by chance. As humans we are made in the image of God, imbued with imagination and a propensity for creativity. C.S. Lewis was not being childish or na├»ve when he wrote his Chronicles of Narnia and, if box office ratings are anything to go by, the postmodern recall for these stories will far outlast memories of Lewis’ more traditional apologetic works"

Tony on Postmodernism, apologetics and stories

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