An aside: Our internet and home is dead and should be revived today, so hopefully I can get back to posting more often. For now I must use the coffee house internet (luckily they have the best coffee in town).
A guest of Whitehead mentioned that the English as a people have been so formidable for centuries due to their committed reading of scripture and so Whitehead responds.
‘The Bible excels in its suggestion of infinitude.’ Suddenly he stood and spoke with passionate intensity, ‘Here we are with our finite beings and physical senses in the presence of a universe whose possibilities are infinite, and even though we may not apprehend them, those infinite possibilities are actualities.‘ He remained standing a moment, absorbed in his own thought, then reseating himself continued, ‘The trouble with the Bible has been its interpreters, who have scaled and whittled down that sense of infinitude into finite and limited concepts, and the first interpreter was the worst, Paul.‘
I personally don’t think Paul missed the sense of the infinite, but I can sure think of some of his interpreters who did. None the less, I do think Whitehead’s sentiment is on to something. Within scripture we hear stories about a God who is actively involved in the world and developed a pretty good reputation for recruiting others to participate in God’s redemptive work. When I hear people talk about the famous stories in scripture, like the Exodus or the ministry of Jesus, I find that it lacks the expectation that God is calling them to do something similar, or that God is still up to the same things. If you can take the exodus story and turn it into a story that is really about us being freed from the bondage of sin and not also a call to lead a contemporary exodus with God in our own situations of historical bondage. When we are open to the horizon of the infinite in scripture then we can begin to see that horizon of possibilities in our present.