The Bible? I don’t like the Bible!

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein.

When my friend Susan casually mentioned the Bible in a conversation, she was met with this response:  “The Bible?! I don’t like the Bible!!”

This didn’t rattle Susan. Rather, she was interested in why the woman said what she did.

“Can you describe what just went on inside of you when you heard the word ‘Bible’?”

Susan’s question seemed to surprise the woman who answered: “When I was young, my uncle used the Bible as power over my family—he was so hateful. I’ve never wanted anything to do with it since.”

Susan’s response was kind: “I don’t blame you.”

And right before Susan’s eyes, the woman physically relaxed.

In her book Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry A. Weddell writes:

Individuals need a very safe, non-threatening way to express their thoughts or questions about God without overreaction or pressure from the Christian. It’s very important to tread lightly . . .

How would you have responded?

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