I watched the new trailer for season five of The Clone Wars and I had no idea what was going on. I haven’t watched a single episode of The Clone Wars; it’s a giant blind spot in my nerd repertoire. We all have blind spots when it comes to nerdclinations and the same is true for the Bible as well. However, when we don’t know as much about Battlestar Galactica as we do Harry Potter there aren’t any real consequences. If we’re blind to parts of the Bible, though, it could impact our theology and how we live our lives.
Here are some common biblical blind spots.
The creation narratives at the beginning of Genesis are really important, pretty much foundational. They communicate to us that God is the creator and everything else that we can experience in the universe is the created. If we miss that point we could end up worshiping the sun, a statue or a powerboat.
This is one of the biggest blind spots people have. We can know all the separate stories like Father Abraham, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath and Daniel in the lions’ den. If we don’t know how all of those stories connect, though, we miss out on the larger narrative of the Bible. Maybe if we named Bible stories like Twilight movies people would see a better connection:
The Abraham Saga: Joseph’s Dream Coat
The Abraham Saga: Parting the Red Sea
The Abraham Saga: Bathsheba’s Shower
The Abraham Saga: Exiled
That might not work but it would get Abraham a lot of play.
Jesus is even more foundational than the creation. If we have a blind spot with Jesus then we’re going to miss out on a lot. Some people have selective blind spots with Jesus. Some people see his moral authority and are blind to his compassion. Some people love his forgiveness but are blind to his obedience. When we look at Jesus we need to see all of him not just the parts we want to see.
The epistles are one of my blind spots. When I took my bible knowledge test for ordination I struggled most with the epistles. The test listed a verse and I had to figure out what book it was from. One of my coworkers is great with the epistles and seems to have them all memorized. When we’re blind to the epistles we may not know how to find some important verses about what it means to live for Christ. Thankfully we have Google but a greater knowledge of the epistles would be better.
The Bible is an amazing collection of books. Knowing parts of it is great but knowing the whole thing is even better. If we can have an encyclopedic knowledge of 11 different Doctors, we probably have enough mental energy to cure our biblical blind spots.
What are some of your biblical blind spots?