Despite what people say, the Bible is not a blueprint. It’s not a bullet-point list of rules that leaves no room for discussion. Instead, the Bible is an ancient collection of poetry, letters, history, laws, prophecies, proverbs, and stories assembled over thousands of years and written in languages and cultures far different than our own. It’s just the sort of literature to generate conversation.

This is what I love about the Bible. It’s meant to be a conversation-starter, not a conversation-ender. ….

The Bible serves as a constant reminder that being a person of faith isn’t about being right. It’s about being in relationship — with God and with other people. We read it not to confirm our opinion as correct but to know God in deeper and fuller ways.

— Rachel Held Evans, from “Slant: Is it possible to read the Bible without a filter?" in Relevant Magazine.

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