So when the Scripture tells us to love God with our mind, it’s actually telling us to love YHWH with our entrails.
Why would the Bible say such a thing if it’s not scientifically correct?
Because God was not interested in correcting their physiology. It didn’t matter if they believed that they thought with their entrails, so long as they thought in ways that were holy and righteous.
Similarly, the text is quite clear that ancient Israelites held a cosmology (understanding of how the world works) quite similar to their neighbors.
They saw the earth as a disk, with the stars and sun close at hand, Sheol was underfoot along with the oceans of the deep, and the dome of the sky held back the waters of the heavens.
Interestingly, YHWH never seems interested in correcting this idea either, even though as a scientific error it goes far beyond where we imagine thought takes place.
In fact, John Walton goes so far as to suggest inThe Lost World of Genesis One “Throughout the entire Bible, there is not a single instance in which God revealed to Israel a science beyond their own culture. No passage offers a scientific perspective that was not common to the Old World science of antiquity.”
Having heard Walton speak last night I’m still wrestling with the implications of that claim, and I’m curious to hear your thoughts -
- Can you think of a passage where God did reveal new scientific data?
- If not, does that change the way we approach the text?
Grace and peace