The finger pointing at the moon is not the moon.
Yet, the work goes on. Particular texts have been analyzed with historical-critical tools, and arguments among specialized scholars fill journals and the web. What’s more, as actual practitioners of the various religious traditions become versed with historical-critical tools and scholars outside the traditions improve their understandings of the cultural milieu, the study is bound to deepen and yield richer insights.
Johnstone, Jonalu. Scripture Unbound: A Unitarian Universalist Approach (p. 54). Skinner House Books. Kindle Edition.
Plenty of fingers pointing at the moon and far fewer actually experiencing it.
Don’t make the same mistake.
Francis David said, “We need not think alike to love alike.”
- To what extent has the study of religious texts helped you become more loving?
- To what extent have you observed people who are experts on religious texts being of higher consciousness and exuding more loving attitudes towards themselves and others.
- To what extent have you found the study of religious texts as being helpful and nourishing in the development of your interior spiritual life?