Sunday, September 7, 2014
In his book The Year of Living Biblically, A. J. Jacobs shares his experience of trying to adhere to all the Bibleâ€™s laws and rules for one full year. He tries to follow the major, well-known rulesâ€”such as the Ten Commandmentsâ€”but also the more obscure ones, like this command from Leviticus 19:19: â€śNor shall you put on a garment made of two different materials.â€ť What emerges is a humorous yet poignant story of an impossible quest.
â€śHereâ€™s my plan,â€ť Jacobs writes during the first month of his experiment:
In college, I learned about the theory of cognitive dissonance. This says, in part, if you behave in a certain way, your beliefs will eventually change to conform to your behavior. So thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m trying to do. If I act like Iâ€™m faithful and God loving for several months, then maybe Iâ€™ll become faithful and God loving. If I pray every day, then maybe Iâ€™ll start to believe in the Being to whom Iâ€™m praying.
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