I suppose that some might avoid it because of the mysticism and spiritualising, but surely Christianity by definition is mysticism in its purest form. That is, we are indwelt by a Spirit, the invisible Spirit of Christ. It is this Spirit which reveals all we know about God and Christ, firstly by direct revelation, without which we would never desire to flee from the wrath to come, nor desire Christ to be Lord over us, nor trust in Christ as our Saviour. And secondly, through our study of God's word, through which he reveals objective truth necessary for true doctrine, and subjective intimate conversation (A.V. definition) with Christ himself.
The Song adequately shows how fellowship with God (which is the whole purpose of Christianity) can be marred or even lost for a while. But because of the continually indwelling Spirit, and the matchless grace of God, no believer can be happy, in the true spiritual sense, until a renewal of fellowship is brought about.
It is interesting in the Song, that those in such a predicament find it hard to get good advice from those who should be their shepherds, on how to find again their lost beloved.
David Marshall wrote:Leviticus would have to be the most neglected single book, then all of the Prophets, then all of the Old Testament.
Discerning Believer wrote:Independent Fundamental Baptist.
Discerning Believer wrote:Romans and Ephesians. Those in the IFB who do teach from Romans conveniently skip over the verses that pertain to election and predestination.
Especially places like chapter 51, verses20 to the end of the chapter.
NOT exactly what you might expect to see onone of those fluffy daily-Bible-verse calendarssold in most Bible bookstores that try to showwhat a "loving God" God is.
We must read and listen to the WHOLE Bible.Even the parts that sound unpleasant to usif we are ever to know God for who He truelyis in ALL His aspects.
...good point...most interesting !
Norman Smith wrote:My guess is Nahum and the other *minor prophets*, excepting Jonah, are the most neglected.The first six verses of Nahum chapter one are quite staggering...we cannot start at verse 7, but so glad it is there ! Phew !
The first six verses of Nahum chapter one are quite staggering...we cannot start at verse 7, but so glad it is there ! Phew !
The first six verses indeed!
Now here's a thought ...IF the number of sermons available per Book on Sermonaudio.com is any indication as to what Book(s) of the Bible are the most neglected, we find that:NAHUM has 108 sermons3 JOHN has 97 sermonsOBADIAH has 71 sermons
It's by no means definitive, but it might be illustrative.
Of course, those aren't listed as options, so, it would seem that what I think doesn't really matter.
Another extremely neglected Book of the Bible would have to be *Tobit*. I have no idea why it goes unappreciated as the story of someone blinded by bird droppings that fell in his eyes is tremendously inspiring!