Occasionally in these reflections it is useful to reference the Bible. I do that if it is useful to the point I want to make. I hope you don’t mind.
However, there is something you should understand about the approach I take. I am not presenting it as history. The Bible is much more interesting than that. While it does contain history (e.g. King David really existed, as did Jesus, St Paul etc.) providing an account of history is not its primary concern. Instead, it is geared towards presenting us with a truth: the truth of the human being’s relationship with God.
For example, take a look at this passage from the book of Genesis:
“Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:8 – 9)
The historical approach wonders if Adam and Eve ever existed. The spiritual approach wonders what this says about my relationship with God. Here each of us is confronted by the question: ‘where are you?’ This question reveals the long-suffering patience of God. God, who knew very well where Adam and Eve were hiding, doesn’t force himself on them. Instead he waits for the answer ‘here I am’.
This article is part of Faith Journey, a newsletter from the National Centre for Evangelisation.