Question minus the answer

Literature is the question minus the answer. 

 
 ~ Roland Barthes
 
 
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
 
~ John 1:12-13
 
The Bible as literature is very satisfying.  It contains every genre of creative writing, beautiful poetry, interactive dialogue, allegory, narrative, cannon, etc.  There are laws, instructions, suggestions.  
 
Many have read the bible as literature and have questions. Some can read it and leave it,  having never seen more than a collection of books. Some see it as a narrative about our story as a people in the Judeo-Christian ethic – vein.  And in some, there is a stirring.  They want to know more.
 
When I read the quote above I thought about all the literature/writing/craft classes I experienced recently.  It has been three years since I took a particular fiction class, and I am just beginning to see the elements of craft that the professor was trying to extrude from us while under her tutelage.  It is a way of thinking, a way of seeing, a way of applying those things.  The funny part was, in analyzing literature, the root of all of it was exegesis.
 

ex·e·ge·sis

  [ek-si-jee-sis]  Show IPA

noun, plural ex·e·ge·ses  [ek-si-jee-seez]  Show IPA .

critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible.
Origin: 
1610–20;  < Greek exḗgēsis  an interpretation, explanation, equivalent to ex- ex-3  + ( h ) ēgē-  (verbidstem of hēgeîsthai  to guide) + -sis -sis
 
When I brought this nugget back to my professor, she asked me what that was.  I was happy to let her know that learning to study the Bible in this way had had a great impact on the way I saw it, and the way I understood it.  That was a turning point for me in that class, and in the remaining sequence of classes.  I already had the knowledge base to do it!
 
That is the way it is with  believing in God’s name: once you have believed and received God, the rest is a question that begins to get answered right then and continues to get answered, inviting more questions as one grows. Will you receive God in a way you never have before? Will you believe in God’s name?
 
Today, put your faith to work.  Pick your favorite hymn, anthem, sacred music, and trust God for the length of time it takes to sing it, play it, “think system” it.  You are a child of God, born of God.  Repeat as needed.  Headed, every day toward the answer.
 
Moody Blues – Question of Balance
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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