My dad does computer support at a big company. He once got an email from a lady whose “cup holder” on her computer wasn’t working. Cup holder? Yes. She thought the CD-ROM drawer was an open-and-close cup holder for her computer. Sounds like maybe a couple things in her brain weren’t working either…but that’s another blog.
The idea is similar with the ways people view the Bible. People have many differing thoughts on it.
Some people have some very hostile things to say about the Bible:
“…it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.” – Thomas Paine
“…hardly worth reading…other than a handful of spiritual gems that can be found in virtually any religion, the Bible is irrelevant…reading the Bible can make one highly depraved…many a serial rapist and killer has also been a Bible fanatic” – Acharya S. (truthbeknown.com)
There are plenty of other thoughts that people have about God’s Word. They may sound much less harmful, but the truth is that if someone doesn’t recognize it as God’s actual words to us, they’re playing with fire. They’re trying to live life with no guidelines, no rule book, thinking they can do things on their own. Jeremiah 17:9 says that “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” In that case, who are we to think we don’t need God’s Word?
Here are some other ways the Bible functions for people:
– a coaster for cups (we’d much rather ruin our Bible cover than the coffee table)
– a door stop (I’ve literally seen people throw a Bible down to keep a door from closing)
– a way to look holy (leave it out on the coffee table at home and maybe people will think you’re holy)
– a history book (it’s filled with interesting historical figures but no relevant truth for today)
– a bedtime story book (nothing like a good Bible fairy tale before bed!)
– a guardian angel (Once when I worked at a car auction lot, I found a Bible on the dashboard of a car that had been siezed by the Police for DWI)
Charles Spurgeon once said, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” If it’s getting daily use, it will eventually look like it…and so will your life.
Does the Bible function daily in your life?
Is it a part of your morning/afternoon/evening routine?
2 Timothy 3:17 says that God’s Word makes us “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” It has a purpose. A daily purpose. God went to great lengths to provide written directions for us to live by, so take advantage of that and live God’s Word!
Have you read the whole Bible all the way through? January 1 is only 2 days away and it’s a great time to start reading the Bible from cover to cover. If you commit to 15 minutes a day, you can read the whole thing by December 31, 2010!
Click HERE to download some bookmarks that will keep you on track.
YouVersion.com also has 20 different reading plans that are available online or on your iPhone, BlackBerry, and more!