Thursday, May 14, 2009

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Do you think feeling safe and loved is more important than biblical stories?

6 comments:

Joshua said...

Undervaluing both "feeling safe and loved" and biblical stories, I'm probably the wrong person to respond.

But it seems to me that what's more important than biblical stories, are the realities and histories to which they are a witness to and a propositional explanation of. These go beyond feeling safe and loved.

Still, the biblical stories are secondary, iows without really qualifying "more important", a feeling of safety and love grounded in an actuality is more important. IMO.

Greg said...

Joshua,
Thanks. Some today would say the ultimate aim of being human is feeling safe and loved. If biblical stories do not inculcate this in us, then they're irrelevant.

Like your second paragraph.

And yes, grounded in an actuality, namely the personal and living God.

Susan said...

I like Joshua's second paragraph too!

When Biblical stories just become a means of gaining knowledge without application they lose their value.

And feeling safe and loved without a Biblical foundation is only temporal.

John said...

I think feelings are given too much volition in our current cultures, and we tend to discard something when we do not "feel" loved and safe. But when we let what is true guide what we feel and what we think, then we realize what is truly loving and truly safe.

Greg said...

Susan,
Thanks. Good point about safe and loved being merely temporal, without a biblical perspective.

Greg said...

John,
Thanks. I agree. Helpful insights. Feelings tend to dominate our self centered culture and while they are important, they are not always a trustworthy guide to what is true.