Parental Suprises

Just about the time I think I have probably managed to completely alienate the people I love with my challenges to organized and traditional religion, someone comes along to affirm my writing in some small way. Someone I least expect. Someone like….

My mom.

Saturday was garage sale day at our house. Stuff everywhere. Clothes. Shoes. Appliances. More clothes. And books.

My children had put their cheap little award Bibles in the garage sale. It felt kind of awkward, but I guess they were taking up unnecessary space in their rooms. Yeah…I know. Just sign me up for the Christian mother of the year award. My children wanted to sell their Bibles and I let them try. Feels almost slimy. Guilt. Bleah.

My mom walked up to the book table, picked up one of the Bibles and started searching. All I could think was, “Crap. Here we go.” It was a very unfair thing to think, because my parents have seldom tried to push their views on me by using scripture. I guess I’m just on high alert because my views on religion don’t exactly align with the prevailing spoken thought patterns around here.

I currently lean toward the less than popular belief that maybe this God-breathed, God-inspired, perfectly preserved Bible we have is not what we’ve made it out to be. Maybe….just maybe…..it was never intended to be compiled into THE ultimate and final word of God. That just maybe humans decided to dub it as absolutely perfect and divine so as to control the ignorant, uneducated masses through fear and extortion. Of course to believe such, one has to first decide WHICH divinely inspired Bible is correct. One would also have to believe that the process by which the cannon was chosen was directed entirely by God, and that the many centuries of translation by individual pen was also somehow divinely anointed and controlled by God.

The only problem with this idea is that whole issue of free will. God-controlled the writers, but we all have free will. Hmmm…..

Yeah….not buying it. At least not at this point.

And if I am remembering my information correctly, I believe there were something over 100 individuals (men–which might explain part of the whole male domination thing) in the 1960’s who had a part in the creation of one of the most popular translations to date, the New International Version. Where there was disagreement over translation or what to include, majority opinion ruled. That means over 40 people could actually disagree with what was going into it, yet the 50+ MEN won out. I’m hoping my Bible scholar friends will help me out with this information if I am incorrect. At the very least, you can read what Bible Gateway says about it here.

Not a very popular PUBLIC opinion to hold in these parts.

Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised when my MOM picked up the Bible we are offering for sale, opened it and flipped pages, then stopped and handed it to me…

Yet I was stunned when she pointed to John 21:25, which says, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

“I think this is sort of what you’ve been talking about,” she said.

Uhm…yeah. Didn’t see that one coming.

Just about the time I think I’ve probably pushed them over the edge with my bull-headed challenges to my faith history….just about the time I think I’m probably up for nomination as the anti-Christ….just about the time I wonder how they could POSSIBLY even come see me without throwing holy water and waving a cross in my direction, my parents do something so cool to acknowledge that it’s okay for me to question, to challenge, to push the edge of tradition.

Excuse me, please. I have something in my eyes. Gotta go grab a tissue.

9 Responses to “Parental Suprises”

  • Glad you got a little validation from an unexpected direction.

  • What a great story! It’s amazing what life your words have when they’re out there for the world (read: family) to read! LOL.

  • Lisa Gore:

    This is one of those unconditional love moments. No matter what, no matter when, no matter why—–kind of like God huh?

  • Quentin:

    Too cool!! But I ultimatly could imagine that “OH CRAP!!!!” In your eyes when she picked up the bible! Haha I can totally relate!

    • It makes me wonder….have I totally corrupted your good boy outlook on life?

      • Quenin:

        Hahaha no u didn’t. But I see you worry about me too much sometimes haha but that’s okay, at least this way I know that people think about me…lol anyways, I think u just helped awaken more of me that needed to be awoken…..but its not you, I have been searching for more truth and answers myself. And within the last year it has helped me see a whole other world. I found as a kid its easy to fall into that go with the flow and believe what everyone as been believing. So ya, its been good to venture out….thanks!

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