Jordan Peterson spoke of God’s grace and mercy in his first public communication with his fans on Monday after a year spent largely out of public view as he sought treatment for an addiction to a prescribed medication.
Peterson posted the eight-minute video on his YouTube channel and in it, his cheeks appear more hollow than in his last video. He also spoke more slowly than usual but remained clear and coherent. His voice filled with emotion when he spoke about his friends and family supporting him.
“My extended family and friends went above and beyond the call of duty in my estimation,” he said in the video. “I’m certainly not convinced that I would have the character to provide to any one of them what they provided to me. That was a humbling lesson.”
In his online lectures, Peterson has shown many people that the Bible contains relevant truths on living a meaningful life. With over 3 million YouTube subscribers from around the world, the soft-spoken psychology professor from Toronto, Canada, is one of the most influential intellectuals in public life today. Commenters on his videos often thank him for pointing them toward God.
Peterson said he plans to write a series of lectures on the book of Exodus and a video series devoted to the book of Proverbs.
“You’ve all heard, no doubt, that wisdom is proverbial or there’s such a thing as proverbial wisdom. That phrase stems from the book of Proverbs,” he said. “I think the analysis of those will prove of benefit to me and perhaps to those of you who are inclined to watch or listen to my analysis.”
Peterson’s approach to the Bible doesn’t concern itself as much with whether Bible stories are literally true as it does with whether they are metaphorically true. Although he has refused to say whether he believes Jesus rose bodily from the dead, Peterson often tells listeners that goodness overcoming death is an important concept that gives people meaning to live by. The facts don’t matter to him so much as the story.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott