Hard Scripture

“The hard sayings of our Lord are wholesome to those only who find them hard.”
–C. S. Lewis

I found that quote yesterday and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, except when I went to check if our septic tank was clogged again, then I didn’t think about it. I thought about other things.

It amazes me how often and easily we chuck parts of Scripture because we’ve come to our conclusion on them long ago. We know that part, yah, yah, yah, give me something fresh.

Romans 7 is a hard passage, it just is. Yet I’ve heard so many people flippantly dismiss it, give their answer, and deride you as an immature, carnal Christian for not having equally dismissed it.

We have our systems and flow charts in how to handily dismiss stuff that bugs us. We all have passages that bug us. Those who continue to see them as hard will benefit from them. Those who think they are easy and already answered, will not.

All that being said, there is a time for a sure answer, for a resolution of thinking on a passage. But beware the puffing up of knowledge. It’s always good to review, re-examine where we are in our minds with passages we “figured out back in college.”

3 thoughts on “Hard Scripture”

  1. Here is one of the hardest scriptures to truly live out
    1 John 3:16

    “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

    For the most part folks with an opposing theology can’t even speak decently to each other, let alone lay down their life for them.

  2. Here’s one, for me, that is nigh impossible to crack:

    “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or your daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

    Matthew 6:14-15 is a doozey, too.

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