Read Hosea so as to have some context.
The way I see it the Bible is full of stories.
Meaningful stories for sure: but none the less, stories.
Jesus loved telling stories too! In fact, story telling was the entertainment medium of the day.
In the New Testament there are numerous stories that tell about a persons conversion. From the lepers to the thief on the cross, there are stories that tell of people coming to believe and know Jesus as their savior. Lives changed.
??What is YOUR coming to Jesus story?
One of the things Christians like to do is group themselves together, those who are like minded with similar values and beliefs. They find others who like the same 'flavor' of Christianity as they create church. For me, the problem with this is that it creates a culture of exclusivity and when someone comes into the group that acts, looks or sounds different, rather than embrace them human nature tends to convert those 'outsiders' into thinking and being just like the collective group.
??Can you think of a time when you experienced a similar response that Steve gave to John? Which part of this story do you relate to the most?
A wise man (Wade) once said to me, "We cannot begin to understand God, so why do we try?"
On page 6 Steve hits the nail on the head: Referring to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, he says that thousands of pages of theology have been written trying to nail down what all that meant.
??So why do you think so much time and energy (and conflict) is given to trying to understand the magnitude of God? Especially in light of the fact that Jesus told us to come to him as a child?