Some Quotes on How to Read the Bible

“So if it seems to you that you have understood the divine Scriptures, or any part of them, in such a way that by this understanding you do not build up this twin love of God and neighbor, then you have not yet understood them.”

– Saint Augustine

“The primary confession of the Christian before the world is the deed which interprets itself. If the deed is to have become a force, then the world itself will long to confess the Word. This is not the same as loudly shrieking out propaganda. This Word must be preserved as the most sacred possession of the community. This is a matter between God and the community, not between the community and the world. It is the Word of recognition between friends, not a word to use against enemies. This attitude was first learned at baptism. The deed alone is our confession of faith before the world.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Because many endeavor to get knowledge rather than to live well, they are often deceived and reap little or no benefit.”

– Thomas A Kempis

“Faith in God’s revelation has nothing to do with an ideology which glorifies the status quo.”

– Karl Barth

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.

– Karl Barth

“This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ. Our theological duty is to see and understand it as being still greater than we had seen before.”

– Karl Barth

“If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.”

– Soren Kierkegaard

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“For the word is dialectical in itself and at the same time is integrated into the whole of existence. By this I mean that the word is intended to be lived.”

– Jacques Ellul

“The scriptures are not the fountain, but the declaration of the fountain. And it is into that fountain itself that we would step.”

Thomas Kelly

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