I’m going to read through the Bible in historical order. feel free to join me on this journey. it’s going to take a while. in my understanding, the Bible is divisive; just look at how many denominations exist in christianity alone. I’m sure it’s the same for every religion founded some couple hundred years ago. you got christians in the kkk as much as muslims that are terrorists; both are the same and an embarrassment the world over.
so, as I said, I’m going to read the Bible in historical order. I’ll probably read about 3-5 chapters a day and really dissect the mess out of it. I realllllyyyy wanna know what’s going on. the first time I read through, I noticed that someone (a hell of a lot of people) lied about who God is. The first time I read through, God has a lot of compassion and a hell of a lot of patience for His creation. Let’s see if that’s the same the second time around; rumor has it that God is the same yesterday and today.
I’m a black woman, but that will be removed in my reading; in other words, I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible. I know my ancestors had to listen to their slave owners talk about some “slaves, obey your masters” and not being able to hear the rest of that passage and probably wondering how their slave owners were men/women of God but raped them throughout the night and sold their children like it was nothing. so I’ll keep my bias minimal when I come across passages of justice and mercy. cuz let me tell you how I cried during Jeremiah 29 and how that resonated with being black in America.
the Bible has been used to refine as much as tear down, and I just want to get to the heart of the matter. who were the people who wrote these books? what was the climate and context of the time period in which these books were written? is it applicable to today or are we really reaching in some aspects? how is the church to face injustice? how did racism find its way into the church? who is God? what is the role of the one who serves God? what happened in Egypt that it had to be written that sexing up your sibling is wrong? How often did Egyptians commit incest that it was condemned from many angles? did Jesus look like Idris Elba, Steve Kornacki, Hasan Minhaj? what about abortion? what about women: property, human, both, neither? an apple, a banana, or just a mess?
join me and let’s answer these questions.