I was taught tabula rasa (Latin for blank slate) in Bible College. The idea is to put all one’s preconceived notions, prejudices, and what one has been taught on a shelf and, instead of reading into Scripture what one believes it says, allow it to speak for itself. Should one be capable of critical thought and should one actually employ the practice of tabula rasa, one may be surprised at what one discovers. Rush Limbaugh once famously said, “Words mean things.” Indeed they do.
This morning in reading Larry Johnson’s blog, I found this to be included. I’m certain many who visit NC Renegade may be surprised at the content of this video. For me, it explains a lot. I hope it will do the same for my evangelical and fundamentalist Christian friends. With all the emotion regarding the present state of affairs in the Middle East, it may prove beneficial to consider historical facts and actually let the words of Scripture mean what they say. In the words of John B. Wells, “We think we know, but we don’t.”
As for the remainder of Larry’s presentation, which is quite informative from an historical perspective, you can read it here.