Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Bethany Bible College: Experiencing Lent
While I was at Bethany Bible College I learned that instead lent wasn't about giving up sin for a time, but about giving up something that was good and enjoyable to remember that Jesus suffered for us. evenfarther from that my understanding of lent has evolved to remember why we celebrate lent. a time to think about what the world would be like if Christ had not come and died. Beside giving something up I also like to have a reading list of different atheist philosophers, the abolition of man, and the Screwtype Letters. Some to help me remember why we needed a savior and how to grow in him. I have also read the Divine Comedy (just the first part) during lent before.
Also now I believe that if we give something up you should replace it with some extra act of virtue. So the money that we save by giving up something like soda give to the poor, if it is a meal or something equivalent take that time to pray extra. something that will help you grow not just by fasting but also by giving ourselves to the poor and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
looking back the celebrating of lent is something that was a push towards having more practices of antiquity in my practice of my faith. I am glad that there are many main stream churches who are re-incorporating lent into their practices.