God chose not to communicate to us in bullet points, instead he is using poetry, letters, laws, prophecy, proverbs. … So often we use the Bible as a way to end a conversation when I believe it was meant to generate conversation. … The Bible isn’t a blueprint and I think that’s on purpose, … we’re not supposed to have everything spelled out for us, I think we’re supposed to be living in community. … We’re part of this dynamic, ongoing, centuries-old conversation with God and with one another precisely because the Bible is difficult to understand. And I think that’s on purpose, because being a person of faith isn’t about being right, it’s being part of a community, it’s about being in relationships. If we had a blueprint, what would we have to talk about?
Excerpted from Rachel Held Evans, speaking here.