We think we know what we believe until, in an unguarded moment, we do or say something utterly out of character. Then our true beliefs are revealed–and it’s often not a pretty picture.
In his book, Wasting Time With God : A Christian Spirituality of Friendship With God, Klaus Issler gives a wise bit of instruction:
Christians need to be habitually in the process of affirming certain core beliefs and re-forming others regarding what is really true about God and his world.
We all need a safe place to declare what we ought to believe, to confront our false beliefs, and to interpret and question these with caring spiritual siblings. An honest, truly participatory Bible study is an excellent venue for such discussion.
The group of siblings with whom I gather is considering the following questions as a framework for transforming our core beliefs.
- What DID this say to the original readers?
- What are the key truths?
- What is the significance of these truths today? Why do they matter?
- How AM I responding to these truths (be honest)?
- How SHOULD I respond to these truths ?
- Confess the difference.