"I'd just love to be a fly on the wall..." - The Oakland Tribune, February 1921
Have you ever tried to relay to someone EXACTLY how something happened? Or tried to grasp a situation an individual explained to you? I feel it is IMPOSSIBLE to get it precise. Something gets lost in translation. The environment, emotions, etc. just cannot be duplicated or transferred! I believe the same can be said for the bible. The events told in detail are still a challenge to wrap one's head around because the reader was not present at the time! Further, for me, it is a culture in which I did not grow up and the tone, different from my own.
The wind outside is chilling to the bone. How does it go from a balmy 74°F (23.3°C) yesterday to a biting 52°F (11.1°C) today?! A mother's group huddles around a table with an umbrella discussing their day to day experiences as their children romp on the indoor play structure. Little voices (and the occasional squeal of delight or shout) float to the ceiling as stocking feet slide through the tiled areas. The tubes rumble when the herd of kiddos play "chase" throughout. The smell of French fry oil fills the establishment.
Get the picture?
So, given the limitations of spoken and written narrated information, how does one get the full effect of the gospel? I feel it is simply not possible. But, the Holy Spirit was given to help us comprehend as much as humanly possible.
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:38-39. ESV.)