Blog of Teh Voges

Spring Forward…Fall Back…
January 23, 2007, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Readings

Rob Bell

Rob Bell
Velvet Elvis
Movement One: Jump

The author tells a story about his son and a trampoline. In this section he brings a point on how the trampoline has springs and they are needed to help make it work. They are to help make sense of the deeper realities that drive how we live every day. The springs are God or Jesus, but they are statements and beliefs about our faith. Christians arent supposed to focus on the springs, what the springs are for is to help us understand the point (God) of our faith

An example Rob Bell uses is the Trinity. This idea has been in the Christian doctrine for a few hundred years, yet the word Trinity is not in the Bible at all. It is built on the idea of God being three separate personalities, yet still being one God. The Trinity was not part of the doctrine of the original church, but is widely part of the doctrine of today. So like the spring on a trampoline, Christian doctrine is constantly flexing and stretching.

In fact, its stretching and flexing are what make it so effective. It is firmly attached to the frame and the mat, yet it has room to move. And it has brought a fuller, deeper, richer understanding to the mysterious being who is God.

The author also brings up the example of Moses. God tells Moses that he is the I Am. Which back in this time no one had any idea how to describe God. God is not a visible object to be seen or heard, also even trying to define God, limits the power of God. What God is saying is that I will be who I will be (or knows Himself to be). This was a totally revolutionary idea back in Moses time, now it is knowledge to modern day Christians.

The point that Rob Bell is making, its Christians should study and get into the springs (Christian Doctrines), but when it becomes the point of our Christian life is the doctrines. It is wrong.

The springs are huge they hold up the mat but they arent God. They arent Jesus.