The Bee Gees and the Bible: How deep is your love?

Bee-gees

The brothers Gibb and the holy book of the Christian faith both pose this question. But while, as far as I know, the hit song doesn’t really give me any criteria to judge how deep my love is (although I welcome input from Bee Gee-o-philes who may have memorised the lyrics and beg to differ), the Bible does.

In what must be one of the best-known Bible passages, the apostle Paul waxes lyrical about love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. And as I read it today I was reminded of a common preachers’ device when teaching this part of Scripture: That is, to take Paul’s descriptions of love (that is, the love of God that we can experience and begin to give to others when we belong to Christ) and to personalise it. Confused? OK, here’s an example.

The Bible says:

Love is kind.

I’m challenged to say:

I am kind.

…then to assess how far it’s really true. For if I’ve really surrendered to Him and He’s changing me to be more and more like Him (something I have absolutely, positively, definitely no chance of doing by myself), then it ought to be true – at least a bit.

So, if I apply the same idea to the passage from verse 4 to verse 7, I get this:

I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I am not rude, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.

Hmmm. Maybe got a ways to go yet.

How deep is my love? Barry, Robin and Maurice – I salute you.

P.S. I am in no way casting aspersions on Bee Gee-o-philes who memorise song lyrics. As a self-confessed Status Quo-o-phile I could bore you endlessly with lyrics from the last 40 years…

 

The most important thing in life, ever: I know what it is

Ooooh, a tad arrogant that title? Confident, I would say. Positive, sure, clear, definite. They all sound better than the “a” word. But if, in the end, it’s arrogant to suggest that you know something and that not everyone thinks the same – then, yes, m’lud – guilty as charged.

In these politically correct, postmodern times it’s just not done to say that one thing is true and – shock, horror! – other things are not true. Or, more to the point, it’s not even contemplated, let alone done, to suggest that your view is wrong (excuse my language) while my view is (forgive me) right. Nevertheless, here I am, sticking my head above the proverbial parapet and declaring, “Hellooooo! I have some important information, some truth about life, and I believe it utterly and I think it’s soooo important that you all need to know it.”

Sorry.

Sorry, that is, if you’re offended (although I haven’t actually given you any decent reason to be so yet). Not sorry, oh, most definitely unapologetic, for saying what I say. I do understand absolutely that not everyone will share my view. And that they have a right to hold a different one. What I cannot be doing with is the notion that it’s OK to hold a view but somehow not OK to reach the obvious conclusion that other views are incorrect in some way. The person who sees life differently ought to be comfortable enough with their philosophy not to be offended by the simple fact that I think they’re wrong.

But I didn’t actually intend for this to be a railing against PC-ness and relativism. What I intended was to point you to a page where you can discover just what this highly important thing is – and then make your own mind up.

The page http://www.thebamproject.com/articles/2/mark-pimperton is the text of a nifty foldy-up leaflet that’s just been printed – and if I ever get to meet you I’ll happily give you one as it has attractive pictures as well as the gripping text. It’ll fit in your pocket for later perusal and then you can dwell on it as you slice the bread or wait for the bus. Now there’s a thought.

Until then, pop over to the online version and let me know what you think.

Thank you, in anticipation.