Friday, May 25, 2007

Me and Jesus: Episode 1

Sometimes prayer is non-thinking, sometimes full of prayerful thought, where the heart and mind come together in beautiful song.

Tonight I've been praying thoughtfully and thinking prayerfully. This is what I've decided:

'A disciple is not above the teacher.'

What do I need to decide for Jesus to be my teacher? Do I need to believe he is infallible? No. I only need to acknowledge that my teacher has greater knowledge than me, at least in one particular area.

I acknowledge that Jesus has a greater experience of God than I, so he can be my teacher. Which is not to say that I cannot argue with my teacher, or disagree with him. But he does have things to teach me. I know and acknowledge that, so he can be my Teacher and Guide, for now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wrestling with basically the same question as you are.

Only throw some Wicca and paganism into the mix, and you've got me!

I don't have any answers - yet.

Maybe I will later.

12:02 am  
Blogger Andrewjb said...

The best teachers are those who are learning as they teach, who can revise their opinions as they go along, and who are able to listen to their students and learn from them. Jesus doesn't need to be infallible to be a good teacher. In fact, the Gospels are full of questions that he asked.

Of course, Jesus isn't with us bodily in 2007, so if he is a teacher to me or to you, it's not in the same way as he was teacher to his disciples long ago.

What we know about his teaching has been filtered through the gospel writers and bible translators at the very least.

6:35 pm  

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