I’ve been listening to Pete Enns lately, and to most evangelicals, he is a heretic.
I like his thought process and his ideas. I think the idea of the bible NOT being a rule book and looking at the scriptures in the light they were written in, not trying to transform them into modern day laws.
I bought a Jewish Bible and a catholic bible and in the catholic bible is the Book of Wisdom
This is chapter 3:
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if to others, indeed, they seem punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their judgment they shall shine and dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,and his care is with the elect.
But the wicked shall receive a punishment to match their thoughts, since they neglected righteousness and forsook the LORD.
For those who despise wisdom and instruction are doomed.
Vain is their hope, fruitless their labors, and worthless their works.
This is part of Chapter 7, Wisdom is described as a she and is what all believers should strive to have.
NATURE AND INCOMPARABLE DIGNITY OF WISDOM
*For in her is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Never harmful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
– For she is a breath of the might of God
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled can enter into her.
For she is the reflection of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
Although she is one, she can do all things,
and she renews everything while herself perduring; [remain in existence throughout a substantial period of time; endure.]
Passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For God loves nothing so much as the one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she is found more radiant;
though night supplants light,
wickedness does not prevail over Wisdom.