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An Introduction to Reading the Bible with New Eyes

“Why this title?”  The overall thesis is that we need new eyes to read the bible because, i. the cataract of individualism, that is an exclusive preoccupation with personal salvation as to how we shall attain heaven through the grace of God which makes available the merits  of the Cross of Christ; iii. a total blindness to the misery and sufferings of particularly the poor who belong to other faiths, those who are victims of the ravages of war and political tyranny as if all that is God willed… iv. At the same time, reveling in God’s assumed favour towards the believers; v. a wrong understanding that all rulers are appointed by God and a deterministic understanding of life that leads to a belief that fatal accidents and natural disasters are caused by God…have all contributed to a blurring of our vision of God in Christ.  Consequently  God’s plan to redeem the whole of humankind and renew all of creation is totally neglected.  Such a view functions like a cataract that blurs our vision of God and God’s purposes for all humankind and the whole of creation.  There is also a serious neglect about the nature and demands of Christian discipleship. In order to get the cataract removed and have new eyes we need to learn to read the bible with the eyes of Jesus, to recover his emphasis on the coming of God’s Just Reign to this world, understand that life is far more corporate and collective than individual.  We also need to reinterpret the way we have understood the meaning of the Cross from taking our Lord’s self designation of himself as the Lifted up Son of Man in the language of the Fourth Gospel.  We need to develop a clear perspective of the end time hope of a New Human Community of Peace with Justice and a renewed creation.  The Program of Reading the Bible will help theological students and pastors to develop the perspective and skills to read the bible in the same way our Lord read his bible which we call the Old Testament. 

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