I’m kinda into the “old,” rather than the “new” right now. I mentioned a quote from Bonhoeffer last week (because I have been reading stuff older than 2 or 3 decades lately). This quote was passed on to me a week or so ago and I thought it was worth sharing.
Benjamin Franklin was impressed by the Dunkers (early name for Brethren) because of their continual search for a better understanding of the Scriptures. He wrote, “This modesty in a sect is perhaps a singular instance in the history of mankind, every other sect supposing itself in possession of all truth . . .” (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin)
I think that does typify our community more than 2 centuries later. We are on a search. A quest. We are trying to understand the Bible better. We are working hard to have a humble and simple approach. We are following Jesus and the Bible. We certainly don’t think we have possession of ALL truth.
Since we believe what Jesus says, we do believe we know the TRUTH. Truth is a person. At least that’s Jesus’ assertion:
Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 NLT
We must continue to have “such modesty” as Ben Franklin described. We don’t have the corner on all truth…but what a great thing to know The Truth. Since we know Him, we don’t have to know it all…only He does!
One last thing as we talk about searching the Scriptures, we had a good time in the Institute this past Sunday. We are learning to look, look, look at the Bible. We are studying a little letter written by Paul to Philemon…the forgiveness exhibited in this letter is astounding. I’m sure you’ll hear more about it in upcoming emails and discussions.