April 12

Posted on Apr 12, 2018

Amy Orr-Ewing tells of a conversation her husband had with a woman at a wedding reception: “At one point she had said, ‘The reason I am not a Christian is that I am studying English Literature, and I don’t believe that there is a Transcendental Signified, and so I can make the Bible mean whatever I want it to mean.’” She explained that words have no actual meaning. A word only has the meaning that a reader or a hearer gives it. It does not itself carry any ultimate meaning because there is no God (Transcendental Signified) to give ultimate meaning to words. “My husband looked at her and said: ‘If that is the case—if words have no meaning except the meaning of the listener or reader—is it OK with you if I take what you have just said to mean, “I believe in Jesus and I am a Christian”? At that moment she…realized that her argument failed its own test. The standards by which she was judging the Bible were standards that her own thinking could not measure up to.”

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 18-20  Memorize: Jeremiah 31:3