I read this article interviewing a guy who read the Bible and decided to follow all of its rules for a year.
He previously wrote a book where he spent an entire year to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, so he thought he would try this with the Bible. It's a really interesting article and I can't wait to read the book. He observed the Sabbath and wore only white and tried to do a lot of other things - not sure what all. I don't think he killed any sheep, but he did grow a beard and throw some gravel at an admitted adulterer.
But somewhere in there he missed the point, didn't he? He talked with Jewish leaders and met with a Jehovah's Witness - of course they don't really read the Bible - and all seemed well and good to him. He missed the structure of the law when the year was over.
But remember that guy who asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is? Remember what Jesus said?
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and the second is this: love your neighbor as yourself"
Now, granted, I haven't read the book, so maybe he goes into that more. And the fact that the guy read the Bible is great. But he said something that i thought was interesting:
"One thing I learned is that the outside affects the inside, your behavior shapes your thoughts."
And at first blush, that sound right. Right? But that's not what the Lord tells us. He says that it's what's inside of us that affects us. He wants to transform us, not by having us behave correctly, but by us loving Him. Behavior follows love. Just like works follow faith. It's not the other way around. And this poor guy - he missed the forest for the trees. He missed a relationship with God for the rules of religion.
Any thoughts folks?