The Bible as Story. . . and The Church as Story

Something that I have been noticing as I read through Scripture is its nature. It seems to me that the Bible is not, as some seem to think, an arbitrary list of dos and don’ts. The Bible is a story.

A lot of times, when someone says that something is a story, that it must in fact then be JUST a story, not holding any power or authority. This is simply not the case. Stories embody life. They hold many facets to them and are so delicately broad and beautiful that to dissect their meanings could take years. Thus is the nature of Scripture. It is the most powerful story ever told. It is the story of God triune, creator and sustainer of life who made our world and all things invisible and visible. Who made man in his very image. It is the story of man who chose to do wrong by defying the only command that God gave to him, “do not eat the fruit” and his subsequent fall into the knowledge of evil. It is God’s story of repeatedly reaching into our realm, first through the Old Covenant Law, which was a precursor to the most perfect Fulfillment of the Law, God himself made flesh in the womb of the Virgin.

The story of God in our world, humble, righteous, holy, who showed us the utmost sacrifice, his death on the cross. His subsequent descent into hell where he preaches/ed to the souls in chains and of his resurrection known to the Angels and to even Adam and Eve themselves before they even fell. That glorious resurrection intersects our lives in every way. It calls us to repent, take up our cross and follow him. It beckons us to come and die that we may know life; life that is in communion with God Triune, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

It is also the story of the glory to come, when death will be no more, as with sin. When God will have judged all and all will be made new. It is a story of love. I think that the reason why St. Paul said that the greatest thing that will endure is love is because the story of God in our world is love.

But the story doesn’t just end there. It continues in the Church. The beautiful bride of Christ. The spotless body, made holy by his blood. The most wonderful mystery on earth.

Through this continued story we know of his Mother who, having died, was given the glorious resurrection of her Son. We know of the Holy Martyrs who died for Jesus and are before the throne of God pleading for us, their spiritual children. We see saints striving to run the race so as to win the prize, the prize of partaking in the divine nature. We see the dead preserved, angels protecting, the demons being defeated, the lame walking, the blind seeing, and the humble being exalted to be kings along with the King of Kings.

This is the story to which we are all called, to which God begs of us: You are my beloved. Come and partake. Come, eat and drink, for you were once lost, but now you are found!!!

We are indeed partakers of the divine.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, unto the Ages of Ages. Amen.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony-Allen
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 00:57:09

    When you think about it, it almost works like a reversed Shakespearian tragedy, which usually involved a character’s rise and fall. Instead, we are presented with the story of a character’s fall and rise. Humanity, cast out of the Garden of Eden, is given a covenant with God through the Law. When the people fall astray from the Law, our Eternal Father in Heaven promises to make a new covenant, which is sealed with the blood on the cross. Now mankind is united with God not just in mind but in the heart, as promised by the prophet Jeremiah.

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  2. blackincense
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 21:14:13

    God bless you on your journey toward Orthodoxy…..The Bible is the story of why we were created : for heaven! and it is also the story of the indescribable Love that moved it’s own self, in order to create us.

    I wanted to give you this gift of Holy Scripture for the day as it relates to your entry:

    “For now we see through a
    glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
    I know in part; but then shall I know even
    as also I am known.” 1 Cor 13: 11

    I hope that your journey is blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ…..It is only He who is the Truth.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Suzanne

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