Striving to know God better

It took me a long time to really love the Bible. I respected it, of course, and learned lots of Bible stories, thanks to my parents and all those dear souls who taught my Sunday School classes. I even took some courses on the Bible when I went to college. There were great stories, great healings, great battles, and great aphorisms. I thought, though, that it was too easy to get lost in all the genealogies—not to mention the rules about handling food—that just didn't make much sense to me, growing up in Missouri.

Somewhere along the line, however, I began to see that the Bible wasn't just a book like Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, where you could pick and choose a verse to fit a particular occasion. It began to dawn on me, finally, that this book was the record of a people's striving to see more about God. And that because it began essentially as oral history, it had been refined through telling and retelling until only the really important things were left, especially in the stories of the lives of the prophets, the life of Jesus, and the poetry. And in the case of the narratives of Jesus' life, every detail started to become important to me as a guidepost.

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