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“It is a mistake to look to the Bible to close a discussion; the Bible seeks to open one.” – William Sloane Coffin

One of the great mysteries of the universe is this: God wants to have a relationship with you.  And with me.  And my neighbor, too.

How do you approach the Bible?  Do you go there to prove a point or to hear a voice, a different perspective — God’s perspective.  Do you listen for nuances of God’s character?

Years ago I heard someone say, we should not seek to master the Bible but to have the Bible master us.  If we simply use the Bible to answer questions on a quiz, we are missing the point.  Right doctrine definitely matters.  But behind the doctrine is God’s desire to have a relationship with us.

Instead of using the Bible to close a discussion (“now that settles it”), ask God if that is truly the end of the matter.  You might be surprised to find it’s not.