bible blog

Slate magazine is doing an interesting thing right now – Blogging the Bible – in which one of the editors is reading the bible from the start and commenting on the chapters. It’s subtitled “What happens when an ignoramus reads the Good Book?” and background is here.

There was a section I just read which resonated with me due to a conversation Emma and I had on Sunday. I was saying that at church (and life in general) there seems to be an awful lot of thanking God for the good things that happen, but not much accountability for the bad things and I didn’t get why there wasn’t so much of a balance. Emma said that the concept of God being involved directly with human affairs is much more an Old Testament than New Testament idea – in the New Testament the Holy Spirit is (my broad understanding, and by broad I mean likely to be incorrect) supposed to move humans to do the work themselves. However, here’s an interesting note from the Bible blog:

God appears to Jacob in the dream and makes him an even better promise than He did to Abraham and Isaac. Not only will his descendants be everywhere, as He also offered Abraham and Isaac�God also makes this very personal commitment to Jacob: “Remember, I am with you: I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

My wife and I have many evangelical Christian friends, and one thing that strikes me about them is that they have this Jacobian sense of God’s interest in their lives. Like Jacob, they feel that God/Christ is with them, and that God/Christ will not leave until He has done what He has promised them. But I don’t know any Jews who feel this way (or at least who talk this way). The Jews I know don’t act or talk as if they have a personal relationship with God. They pray to God and feel that God works in the world, but not that God takes a personal interest in them. (Of course it could be that I am friends with the wrong group of Jews.) Do Christians have more of this Old Testament sense of God acting in everyday life than Jews do? If so, why?

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