04 – Unwanted and rejected
An irritating boy?
With reading daily I started to see differences between what I understood from the Bible, and what I heard from the pulpit in Sunday’s meetings.
In the beginning I asked for an explanation from my mother who always had read from the children’s Bible for my sister and me, but she couldn’t answer my questions.
When asking my father I didn’t come much further either.
To go short, the answer was: “The reverend studied for it, so he will know better than you!”
To me this was not satisfactory, so I decided to confront the reverend with what I saw as a difference between what I understood from the Bible, and what I understood from his sermon.
Then a shock was waiting for me. I expected answer based on the Bible, but I got answers based upon sayings and writings of professors and theologians.
Answers that more than once were not in agreement with the Bible. This made me upset, and made me to study even more in the Bible then before.
And although I was still young I became more sure of myself and the style of the questions changed from “How can I explain this difference?” to “Why did you not preach what the Bible says?”
Sometimes, I can tell, I must have been irritating to the minister with all my questions.