Father Len reveals the obstacles to accurately interpreting and fully understanding the Bible and what it takes to overcome these hurdles.
Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom
- Father Len shares a fun study about how people rate their driving abilities to illustrate the effect of ego on how we see ourselves and view the world.
- Human beings believe their opinions and decisions are rational, but studies reveal they are most often based on personal desires.
- It takes great humility and freedom from ego for us to accurately see ourselves.
- In spite of more than 400 detailed prophecies in the Bible about the coming of the Christ, very few people showed up for the birth of Jesus.
- Father Len explains why shepherds and Zoroastrian priests were the only people to go to Bethlehem to honor and celebrate the birth of Christ.
- For all eternity, God desired to take on human form to teach us how to be true human beings. Ironically, the great desire of human beings is to become godlike, chasing power and wealth and distance from the problems of fellow humans.
- In spite of constant study of the Messiah prophecies and authoring a complicated compilation of these prophecies, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Essene monks missed the coming of Christ because they were highly judgmental and filled with hate.
- If you read the Bible through the lens of your own ego, prejudice and social position, you’re always going to come up with a wrong interpretation.
- Hatred, selfishness, and ego blind us from finding God even if we memorize and are able to quote the Bible.
- The Bible warns us of false prophets, those who interpret Scripture through their own agenda.
- The “Left Behind” series of books by Tim LaHaye is an example of false prophecies.
- Sincere desire to discover truth, humility, and love are essential to accurately interpreting the Bible.
- It takes years to gain humility and the self-awareness to recognize how often we interpret the world from our own perspective and we’re not always right.
- “Awareness” by Anthony De Mello