When I was younger I used to memorize many Bible verses. I was so proud of all the verses that I had memorized. However, in recent years I am actually repulsed at the idea of "memorizing scripture"
I think it's because there are so many other valuable writings as well. For instance, I just received an email from Carlton Pearson. Within his email was this thought:
"Diversity and "Inclusion" is the walk, work and reality of the day. The first openly gay female senator was elected Tuesday night. That alone would have been completely unimagined only a few years ago. Those most intimidated by that possibility in consciousness helped to bring it about, by resisting what they imagined possible. That's called the Law of Attraction. "What you fight, you ignite and invite". What you resists somehow persists. " Carlton Pearson
What really caught my attention was, " "What you fight, you ignite and invite". What you resists somehow persists." That struck me as so true. Anything that we give so much attention as to fight it, that thing becomes bigger and bigger in our minds. I instant recognized this principle as something I wanted to remember and so I started memorize it. " "What you fight, you ignite and invite". What you resist
s somehow persists."
As I think about it, I'm not against memorization, but I want to memorize things that are of value to me.
The Bible was written thousands of years ago. Each book of the Bible was written to a particular person or set of people for a specific purpose. Each had message that was relevant to that time period. It probably had some value and merit to the recipients and to the people of that day. In addition, there is much in the Bible that we can learn from today.
In the ages past, when there were few, if any other books, and few people who could read, the Bible (which means "book") stood out as a vehicle that carried teachings of value from ages past.
However, we learn that that have also been other great writings that have survived in other parts of the world. In addition there are many other great writers and thinkers of this day and age that have messages of great value as well. For example, I think of the principles of the Four Agreements1, which have been put into a book by Don Miguel Ruez. There are very valuable things about these principles that would be good to memorize as well.
I no longer hold up one book as being more valuable that any others (although there are certainly many books of greater value and books of lesser or no value). I have read many books that have taught me valuable lessons along the way. Each of these books have good things to remember.
- 1. , “Living the Four Agreements: A life changing Journey”. [Online]. Available: http://www.toltecspirit.com/.