There is something about reading a text that is revered by a community, with a reach that is often worldwide and handed down through millennia. The practice of applying it to our own lives can help us feel less alone and more connected to a truth larger than ourselves. It prompts us to examine how we are called to be and what we are called to do in this world. This reflection is the beginning of wisdom. Scripture, then, can illuminate how, individually and collectively, we have come to where we are, and can push us toward more profound truth.
Johnstone, Jonalu. Scripture Unbound: A Unitarian Universalist Approach (p. xii). Skinner House Books. Kindle Edition.
I love the mystical story about the finger pointing at the moon which reminds us not to mistake the finger for the moon.
It is interesting how religious people come to worship the finger. They make an idol out of it. They make the finger their god.
The point of looking at the finger is to discern where and to what it is pointing. The finger is a compass to help us find our way to our destination. We read and study scripture in the hope it will help us better find the moon and arrive at our destination.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Scripture can be a road atlas that can help us journey on our way to our destination.
What maps have you found helpful on your spiritual journey? How were they helpful? What part of your trip did they help you be more efficient and effective in your travels? How did you use them best? How have they led you astray? Did you ever find yourself lost and found a map that helped you orient yourself so you could proceed on your way?