In the Removing Cultural Blinders- Time Podcast we discuss the ideology of looking at the Bible through the lens of the western culture’s idea of Time.

In the book Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes, we at the Bible and Coffee Podcast have had to view certain stories from a whole different perspective.  The chapter on time is another mind-bending idea that maybe the western culture has it all wrong when it comes to worship.  

 

What does Kairos mean in the Bible?

Webster’s dictionary gives us the following definition of the word Kairos means:

a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment.

So how we look deeper into the Greek words in the Bible we can see when time is mentioned in the Bible.  It does not, however,  always mean “at a certain time.” 

 The Greek word Kairos means  Kairos (Ancient Greek: καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. … 

How does this create issues for us as we read the Bible?   A lot. 

While in this western culture we would like to put everything on a clock.  ( Belinda especially)  the truth is there are just portions of the Bible where the writers wrote in a way that would make it easier for us to see the relationship in the story vs the quantitative value of the story.

What does Chronos mean in the Bible?

Chronos in the Bible means to have a quantitative type of time.  A very definitive section of time.  We are good with that and as we have very much built corporate worship around that Chronos.  

In our podcast, Amy and I talk about the quantitative value that we put on time.   “time is money or, don’t waste my time.  The problem with this is that it makes it difficult to create relationships when we are always rushing here and there and we do not build relationships. 

According to this chapter on time, the Authors seem to stretch our ability to understand that the writers of the Bible wrote in Kairos order and not Chronos.

Summary of the Podcast of Removing Cultural Blinders- Chronos or Kairos?

A look at the Hispanic Culture:  in this Podcast, Eli Speaks about the Kairos of time that his church in Mexico valued as members of God’s family. 

 Removing Cultural Blinders Podcast Series Here!

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