About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Sundayschoolization Of Scripture
article is part of the preface to my upcoming book entitled
"Conflicted," my commentary on the Book of Jonah. It will
be available on all Amazon sites in February, 2022.
who was raised in the tradition of the
I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned
like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things."
problem that inflicts us as Christians is that we do not mature into
Biblically literate Christians because we have not graduated from our
Sunday school understanding of Scripture.
We have failed to follow Paul's example, as stated in 1
Corinthians 13:11. Much of
all we know, especially from the Old Testament, are the stories we
recall from our childhood. Our
Biblical education, then, is limited to simple Sunday school stories.
I call this the "Sundayschoolization of Scripture."
I realize the word "Sundayschoolization" is not a real
word, but I'm sure you get my point.
Sundayschoolization of Scripture, along with our postmodern culture's
dumbed-down mentality concerning details, has led many of us to be
Biblically illiterate. It
is, thus, important to throw off any hesitancy to dig deep into the
Biblical details. To the
degree that these details enter our brains and then sink into our souls
where they become the conviction whereby we live, will be the degree to
which we will mature as Christians.
There is little to no Christian maturity apart from the serious
study of God's Word. Remember,
it is our spiritual food. Matthew
answered, 'It is written: Man must not
on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of
4:12 also becomes important at this point.
"For the word of
God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it
penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it
judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
If we are to mature as
Christians, it will be through a Holy Spirit led, balanced
hermeneutical approach to Scripture.
Sundayschoolizing Scripture will not cut it.
Such hermeneutical principles as, understanding the culture, the
language, the genre in which any given Biblical passage was written, for
example, is basic to Biblical literacy.
If you are neither capable of such study, nor have the needed
resources, I suggest you learn from credible Bible scholars who do have
such capabilities and resources. Your
growth as a Christian depends on it.