untie your fingers

“Tragically, the history of Christianity is littered with ways of reading the Bible which have, in effect, muzzled it. The computer I’m writing on right now will do a thousand things, but I use it only for writing and for access to the Internet and e-mail. In the same way, many Christians – whole generations of them, sometimes entire denominations – have in their possession a book which will do a thousand things not only in and for them but through them in the world. And they use it only to sustain the three or four things they already do. They treat it as a form of verbal wallpaper: pleasant enough in the background, but you stop thinking about it once you’ve lived in the house a few weeks. It really doesn’t matter than I don’t exploit more than a small amount of my computer’s capability. But to be a Christian while not letting the Bible do all the things its capable of, through you and in you, is like trying to play the piano with your fingers tied together.”

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
by N.T. Wright (HarperCollins, 2006), p.174.


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