Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Waking the Dead

I'm leading my second group through John Eldredge's Waking the Dead. The first group was almost all Baby Boomer women. The second group is a guy and a girl, both seniors in high school.

We studied chapter 2 today, which talks about the power of myth. It was interesting that the Boomer women got the point, but struggled with the word myth. The seniors in high school got it without effort. The opening story of the chapter is Morpheus offering the two pills to Neo in the first Matrix movie.

Even more interesting, Eldredge does go ahead and glean three eternal truths from the mythic stories of the Bible. It almost seems like a contradiction to pump the power of mythic story and then in the same chapter sum them up into three eternal truths, but...

1) Things are not as they seem.
2) The world is at war.
3) I have a crucial role to play.

I compared these three truths to the four spiritual laws.

1) God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
2) Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
3) Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
4) We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.

It isn't that I disagree with the four spiritual laws. It is more about what they communicate the Christian life should be. It also communicates the difference between being wounded (fatally if not treated) and just being totally at fault.

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