The Doorstep To the Temple of Wisdom Is a Knowledge of Our Own Ignorance.

Posted on August 21, 2011

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The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
~ Benjamin Franklin

I sure hope that’s true.  I have a confession to make.  If you start talking deep thought stuff regarding religion, my mind will wander off to errands that I have to run, grocery lists and my to do list.  See, I can’t follow along.

I didn’t grow up in church.  I did have a children’s Bible Stories book. (Didn’t everyone?) I went to church a few times when I was really young.  I became a Christian six years ago.  That’s not a lot of time to store up Biblical understanding.

Hubby went to Bible College.  So did his ex-wife.  And her husband? I am pretty sure he didn’t go to Bible College, but he sure comes off like he did.  We are all in a Bible study together.  Every week, they (and a few others) start debating and discussing and I am sitting there thinking about my Walmart needs.

I have no idea what they are talking about half the time. I don’t know theology.  I don’t know Church history. I can’t quote Bible verses.  I am Biblically ignorant.  And I hate it.

BUT

I want to learn.  I want to learn so much so bad that I can taste it (yes, I can taste books, can’t you?).  I have been doing a Bible study on my own for the past few weeks.  It’s taking me step by step through the New Testament and giving me historical information to go along with it. I am really digging it.  I also follow a blog that leads me through reading the Bible in a year with commentary every day.  It’s nifty.  Finally, I signed up for some online courses through Covenant Theological Seminary.   I’m listening to some professors do their best to educate people like me (or not like me, as the case may be).

I am learning. It’s just taking me a while. While I know that all this Biblical education is important, sometimes I am grateful for my blind faith.  I don’t have all the facts to back up what I believe. I just believe.

So… if you are having a conversation with me (or a friend) and you start spouting off Biblical theories, don’t be offended if I don’t engage in conversation with you. I find what you are saying to be utterly fascinating.  But I don’t think that I can contribute much to the conversation.

Off to crack open the Bible.

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