Have you ever read a spiritual masterpiece and said to yourself, “I don’t get it.”?
I’m convinced Jesus thought so, too.
Spiritual teachings are not all even. That’s what the parable of the sower is all about. Even the “good soil” had eneven production from the seed it received.
I freely admit that Psalms and Romans do not do much for me. Ephesians and Philippians speak to my heart much better. John’s first epistle helps, too.
Some of my favorite theologians are comedienne Gracie Allen (“Don’t put a period where God has put a comma”) and a retired carpenter (“Life is a parade. Watch it or join it, but it’s never the same twice”). They make as much sense as many who have impressive educational degrees.
The plethora of different faith traditions is not an abomination. It is simply a testimony to the fact that we learn and express ideas differently.
That’s rough for a teacher. But it is what it is.