I think believers need to read scripture using ones mind and heart. John Wesley an Anglican cleric and founder of the Methodist movement devised a system of using reason, tradition, experience and scripture when reading the Bible. The same system could be used for other religious texts too.
Much of what is written is based upon stories, context and word of mouth. I personally believe God is bigger than the Bible and there are things happening today where his grace is being expressed and demonstrated daily. The story of God’s love and work in this world is still being written.
The key to applying ones faith is to love your neighbor as yourself always keep that on the forefront of your mind.
Some of you might not be familiar with Sunday school. Its the hour traditionally before worship in church where groups gather for a time of learning about God and sharing with each other in a safe space. I have been preparing to teach my class tomorrow. Teaching is nothing new to me but we are using the standard curriculum and I have the teachers edition to prepare myself. Small groups and Sunday school are a tradition in Methodist churches because our founder John Wesley encouraged it as a part of our faith practice. I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people youcan. As long as ever you can….John Wesley, founder of Methodism, Anglican Cleric