There are times when I feel like the last thing I want to do is read the Bible. I don’t feel like wading through ‘thee’s and ‘thou’s. I don’t want to struggle through a long chapter, my mind wandering the entire way through, only to wind up at the end and realize that I have no idea what I just read. I just don’t feel like it.
But then I realize that I’m looking at the Bible the wrong way. I see it as a textbook with facts for me to memorize and dates for me to put on a timeline. I see it as a book of rules, like those student handbooks they give out at college, listing everything you can’t do and how you’ll be punished if you do it.
The difference between a textbook and the Bible is in the authors. One is a scholar writing down everything you would need to know to understand a subject. He doesn’t know you, the reader. He doesn’t really care about your life, who your friends are, what you had for breakfast, or what your dreams are. He’ll never love you. The other is the God of the universe. He knows your name. He knows what makes you laugh and what makes you cry. He can list your favorite things and the people you love the most. He knows what you dream about. He is madly in love with you. And because He loves you, He wrote you this book, this book about everything.
This book is about the history of the world and the people on it. This book is about the Man who created the world and the plans He had for it. This book is about kings and servants and battles and intrigue. This book is about quarrels and mistakes and family drama and love. This book has romance and mystery and drama and self-help and philosophy and proverbs and songs and science and prophecy. This book is about the Author. This book is about you.
This book is filled with treasures, great and hidden things just waiting for you to discover them. Reading this book is not a chore, but an adventure. As you turn these delicate pages you begin to see and understand more than you ever imagined possible.
Don’t believe me? Then let’s take a look together and see who’s right. Each week I look at another chapter of this amazing book and see what’s inside. What is there to learn about humans? What is there to learn about the world? What is there to learn about God? Let’s answer these questions together. Read the chapter for yourself and see if you disagree. Let’s talk about it. Who knows what we’ll find?
Disclaimer and Other Information
This blog represents the views of a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian who takes the Bible as wholly inspired by God, thus there will be some differences between the beliefs and assumptions expressed by the author and those held by the reader. Please do not take offense. Let’s dialogue in the comments instead.
The quotations found in the blog posts all come from the New International Version of the Bible, unless otherwise stated.