Christians are a bunch of swindlers


The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament. (S. Kierkegaard, “Kill the Commentators,” in PROVOCATIONS)

In what ways have we allowed ourselves to be fully transformed by the message of the gospel? In what ways have we sterilized our call to discipleship to maintain levels of comfort in our lives? How do we rationalize keeping the Bible at arm’s length, far enough out of reach so that it doesn’t disrupt the good thing we have going?

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