Main Entry: ab·strac·tion
Pronunciation: ab-‘strak-sh&n, &b-
1 a : the act or process of abstracting
Main Entry: 3ab·stract
Pronunciation: ab-‘strakt, ‘ab-“, in sense 3 usually ‘ab-“
1 : REMOVE, SEPARATE
2 : to consider apart from application to or association with a particular instance
3 : to make an abstract of : SUMMARIZE
4 : to draw away the attention of
5 : STEAL, PURLOIN
Abstraction to the Bible can be scary, to remove the truth of the Bible from the Truth – or to consider the words of the Word apart from Christ. Grace and the Law. Applying Scripture out of context – that’s how a lot of ghastly things happen. A husband commanding sex on command. A father punishing his children without mercy. A church ostracizing a woman going through a divorce. A Christian thumping a neighbor with the Word and telling him god hates what he’s doing.
Incarnation – the opposite of Abstraction. Jesus loving a prostitute, forgiving an adulterous woman, dialoguing with an abstractionist, bringing the words to its intended meaning. Jesus loving us! He is THE TRUTH. Truth as a person and not an abstract. Thank you Jesus, for being the truth, the way and life.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.John 1:17
Does your life reflect abstraction?