Well…. Just listen. What I mean to say is that I’m a bit on the naive side. I’m not very experienced….not very knowledgeable. Now that I have your attention: I’m TALKING about the BIBLE. The bible is like “virgin-territory” to me. In the scope of things, I know very little about it. It wasn’t until I was about 50 years old, before I even owned a bible. Sure… I was, somewhat, familiar with it, as being Roman I’d heard all the Gospels and Epistles, etc., for some 35 years, but never actually read them in the BIBLE, per-say. Since buying my first bible, I’ve read it through several times, but still consider myself in Bible-Grammar-School.
Then, about 3 years ago, I joined my “very-first” bible study group. I told the leader… “Hey pal… I like it and all that, but DON’T call on me. I’ll listen, but I don’t verbalize. That’s not my style.” You see… my religion, and faith, are….well, PERSONAL….and Private. As I’ve said here, (on my website) before; I was a “Closet Christian.” It has taken me several years to deal with the idea of “sharing” my faith with anyone, much less a bunch of strangers. I just wasn’t ready to “talk-out-loud.”
Well, of course…. Things have changed. Now, I can’t keep my mouth shut. But, still, I don’t know that much about the bible. I know a lot more, I’ve underlined a bunch of important details, but still, I’m a Bible-Virgin. When the bible leader says…”ok… hurry-up, and turn to Matthew 28-19,”….eh…I…eh, just sit there. Because by the time I finally find it, he’s moved on to something else. I can’t “find-stuff” very fast. But, boy-o-boy, I am sure having a lot of fun trying. My eyes are being “opened” to the word of the Lord. I can feel His presence, I am beginning to understand.
Every Thursday morning at 7AM, I am, almost, the first to arrive…. Eager to see my brother’s in Christ, eager to TEST my “new-found” knowledge…and YES, eager to ANSWER questions. Being the only RC in the group, I’m a “bit of an authority” on Catholicism. Imagine that? I must say, though, I was a “bit-proud” the other morning, when we were asked; what were Christ’s last words, and…. how long to Christ hang on the cross. I’m not suggesting that I was the only one who knew the answer, but I was the only one who spoke up. While I didn’t learn those answers in this Bible Study, I was still PROUD that I knew them, and more proud that I was able to VERBALIZE them out-loud.
So, you see, I am making some progress…. Thanks be to God. I still consider myself to be a Bible-Virgin, but I am getting more familiar with the WORD. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 – But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. Psalm 119:11 – I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
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