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How I Read the "Author of Life"
If I were to my describe my theological approach, I would say that I am 1/3 apologist, 1/3 mystic, and 1/3 historian. These three parts combine and coalesce into something that at times may seem contradictory, but the tension that arises from these conflicting viewpoints often tears open the very fabric of our understanding, and as a result it reveals something that has been covered up for far too long. I do not mean “covered up” in a sinister way, as if someone is malevolently trying to hide something in the text that we are not meant to find. Nonetheless, the result is the same. By challenging our conceptions of what it actually means to “know” something, we discover something new and amazing that makes us question everything.
Faith is not blind, nor should it be. In fact, as Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, we are to “test everything.” I take these words to heart. I have had many unexplainable experiences in my life, which have made it impossible for me to simply take things at face value. And likewise, on the other hand, I try not to delude myself with things that aren’t real or verifiable. I have made it my life’s mission to figure out what is happening behind the curtain so to speak. In nothing I have come across is there as many answers to the hardest questions in life, as there is in the Holy Bible.
This may sound crazy, but I believe that when we open the Bible, we look right into the face of God and in his “I”s, so to speak, we see the blueprint of the world. How can I say such a thing? The Bible tells us so. It opens with, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth…And God said, “Let there be light.” In other words, God spoke light into creation, literally using his word. We also read in the opening of John’s Gospel, “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made.” Using the same language from the very beginning of scripture, John expands upon the context in the passage. The Word that God used to speak light into creation, was God himself, who is inside of all creation. This “Word” that scripture is describing is Jesus Christ — who is “one in being with father” as the Nicene Creed goes, meaning that the Word was with God and was God — as John so eloquently puts it.
What is more, the Book of Acts calls Jesus the “Author of Life,” which only makes sense in light of this understanding of God the Creator using his Word (which is Jesus) to bring life into being. In other words, the Word of God is God. So back to my original point, I believe that when we look into the Bible, we stare directly into the face of God — we are looking at the Word and the story thereof.
My theological approach is 1/3 apologist, 1/3 mystic, and 1/3 historian, because that is what this book requires of me in order to comprehend the Word of God — it takes faith that understands, it takes metaphor that penetrates, and it takes logic that rationalizes.