“I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you” (Psalms 119.11, NIV.)
In this blog, I am looking back at some of “the Word” that is in my heart. As an Evangelical, I was taught to memorize scripture as much as possible. When you need the advice or encouragement, if you know scripture, the words will come to you. Also, someday in a dystopian future, bibles may be banned and you will only have the passages you memorized to rely on when you need to hear from the Lord.
I was good at the scripture memorization and I still have quite a few still stuck in my heart (or neural connections.) I started before i was two years old. I find that these verses come to mind suddenly from time to time. While I am a sarcastic type, I am not trying to cut down my family or my former spiritual communities. This is my recollection of what these verses meant to me and how I framed them before and after deconversion.
My plan for is to take a deeper look at my memorized scripture. I want to explore the verses themselves both in and out of context and try to remember the circumstances around why I memorized them.