The Bible, In Five Statements: A Meme

So Carl McColman tagged me in a meme – the Bible in five statements. As Matt Stone has put the challenge:

Summarise the Bible in five statements, the first one word long, the second two, the third three, the fourth four and the last five words long. Or possibly you could do this in descending order. Tag five people.

As Carl’s friend Yewtree muses,

What aspect of this multivalent text to focus on? The liberal or the conservative interpretation? Western Christianity or Eastern Orthodoxy? A Kabbalistic or esoteric interpretation? The Arian and Unitarian views? Changing human perceptions of the divine – from tribal thunder god to all-embracing universal consciousness? How notions of justice changed from tribal codes apparently dictated from the top of Mount Sinai towards concepts of compassion and inner conscience (starting with Micah and Amos, and later promoted by Yeshua)? Very tricky to summarise all that in 15 words…

Yes indeed! So here’s my post?/evangelical, composted Christian Bible statement:

Ours
God-breathed
A living paradox
Fully human, fully divine
Lifetime of prayer and study

I tag…lessee…Andrew Jones, Tripp Fuller, Traci Rowe, Nick Fiedler, and Frank Viola.

15 Responses to “The Bible, In Five Statements: A Meme”


  1. 1 John Sobert Sylvest November 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I posted one elsewhere that seems to have been cyber-erased, so I’ll see if I can refashion something like it here:

    Creator
    created co-creator
    incarnate Creator recreating
    created co-creator now recreating
    and all shall be well

  2. 2 zoecarnate November 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I love it!

  3. 3 Yvonne November 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I like yours very much, Zoecarnate, and thanks for the link and the quote🙂

    I also like John Sobvert Sylvest’s one, above.

  4. 4 jennysgoodlife November 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Love your take on it, Mike.

  5. 6 Amy Moffitt December 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Creation
    from chaos.
    We re-create chaos
    repeatedly. And repeatedly, He
    picks up the broken pieces.

  6. 7 zoecarnate December 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Very clever, line-break master! I like.

  7. 8 Karis December 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Love
    If only
    All Christians loved
    Like Jesus loved us
    People might actually like us

  8. 10 jennysgoodlife December 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Spirit
    wears flesh
    Holy embraces filthy
    He first loved us
    Now we love with abandon.

    (All the versions have been great… enjoying reading them.)


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