Many of us will have flown in a plane, and one of the things you do after settling into your seat is to check the pocket infront of you , there’ll be the in flight magazine, the sick bag incase of motion sickness and the “Safety instruction card”
Here’s what one United Airlines card said:
If you are sitting in an exit row and you cannot understand this card or cannot see well enough to follow these instructions, please tell a crew member.
Obviously, There’s a slight problem with that. If people can’t understand the card or see the instructions, how can they tell a crewmember about it?
Sounds like a Catch-22.
A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22.
So before he wrote the book “Catch-22” there was no such thing as a catch-22, which in itself is a Catch-22
Believe it or not, the Bible is a lot like that safety instruction card. Many people read it without understanding it. It makes absolutely no sense to them—not because they lack eyesight or reading ability, but because they lack faith. As Paul wrote, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
In other words, unless you have faith, you won’t understand the Bible. But unless you understand the Bible, you won’t have faith. Sounds like another Catch-22.
That’s why we have the Holy Spirit. When we come to the Bible with a willingness to learn, God sends his Holy Spirit to reveal what it is saying—even “the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). Whenever you study God’s Word with an open heart, the Holy Spirit helps you understand it and grow stronger in your faith.
God also uses people like us to explain the Bible. When someone tells you they don’t understand the Bible, that’s like an airline passenger telling a flight attendant they don’t understand the safety instruction card. It’s up to us to make it clear.
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- Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021Help us, O Lord, to conquer all harshness of judgement with your gentleness; to quench all meanness of spirit with your generosity and to defeat all indifference of compassion with your fervour. Teach us to be courageous in loving, patient in suffering and attentive in prayer; through Christ our Lord. Amen. Clement XI (1649-1721)Creator God, in […]
- Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021