12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
I think this verse is meant to comfort me through all the entries I’ve made over the last 34 days. Some of the verses made me quite uncomfortable. I feel like I either don’t have the knowledge to relate to the verse properly or I don’t agree with what the verse says. It does cut between my soul and spirit. I feel like there is a dilemma between my head and my heart. Does everything in the Bible still apply to today?
We were even talking about this in church on Sunday. The sermon was about how God had punished someone more severely than we would have expected. Basically, He killed them because they lied. Pretty severe, eh. So is that Bible story telling me that if I lie, God might strike me dead? You have to admit, there are some pretty conflicting stories that we have to wrestle with. It can challenge our faith–especially when those who are unchurched challenge us on specific Bible verses. I’ve found that interesting over the years–someone who isn’t a Christian picks out one verse from the Bible and says, “I can’t be a Christian because the Bible says ‘such and such.'”
As I’ve said in the past, I think that the Bible is like an onion. It has layers. His word is alive and powerful in all of us. I think as we deal with our fellow man, we need to be aware of how God wants us to represent him. Do we want to be like Westboro Baptist Church? Or someone full of hellfire and brimstone? Someone condemning or tolerant? What is our desire to show others who our God truly is?