“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul (Psyche) and spirit (pneuma), of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -HeBrEwS 4:12
Around a month ago I wrote an entry on Attachment theory and God. For those of you reading carefully it should have ruffled some feathers…some of it is pretty controversial. Those same people would have noticed that i never finished the entry : )…let’s just say that it’s a big subject and i got to finals week. I’m sorry. So lovely readers…shall we pick up where we left off?
(you say “YES!!!”)
So in the middle of my musings about attachment theory I read this beautiful book called The Return of the Prodigal Son by an author named Henri Nouwen. To make a long story short, the book radically changed me. There is no denying that this particular book helped me understand things about myself and the world that I had never encountered before. Do you see the contradiction with my statements on attachment? Go back…look.
How is it that I was changed by a book? or is it just a book?
I can say something specifically about this book that makes it interesting. It is like a memoir…it felt like i was traveling alongside this man, learning with and from him. When I finished this book i felt like i knew Henri Nouwen personally. Could i say that it was like i was in relationship with him? sure : )
After pondering this experience and thinking about other books that have changed me so drastically, they all seem to have the common characteristic of being written by an author who gives of himself. Do what you will with this.
I merely mention this experience because it got me thinking about the BIble. I was having trouble understanding, in light of attachment theory and neurobiology, how a book could make such an impact on my, and countless others, lives.
Enter Hebrews 4:12
Go read it.
The author of Hebrews presents scripture very interestingly in this passage. “for the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…” Living and active. The book is not stagnate, it speaks…it’s alive. So if it’s alive, and i’m alive… (yep, that’s what we call a relationship). WEEEHOOOO!!!! WHAT’s UP ATTACHMENT!!!!
whew…ok. Now, let me show you something else really interesting about this passage.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit…”
The Greek word for soul is translated “psyche”. Greeks would have understood the soul as the seat of our feelings, desires, affections, and aversions. Another name for the combination of these things—> the identity. : ) So this living, active, sharp sword of a thing has the ability to penetrate my soul. It can change the very essence of who I am…Paul’s words. BOOOOM!!!!
I just got really really excited about reading the word (oh yea…did i mention that Jesus was regularly referred to as…the “word”!!). This, of course, doesn’t get at half of the nuances that it could. I’m sure i’m missing so much, but i am right now experiencing how alive this word actually is…
and i’m being changed by it.