I don’t read the Bible to feel good about myself. I don’t read the Bible to be inspired to do great things. We need to stop seeing the Bible purely as a source to feel good. It’s a history book, people. And for those expecting it to be a beautiful history where cats and dogs live together in harmony forever and ever, it’s not. It’s crammed full of all of the crazy, evil, ignorant things people have done since the beginning of time. Anyone who criticizes the Bible runs to these things and believes them as hardcore fact and points to them and says, “See, God is terrible.”
But as much as people love to run to the dirt and accept it as true, they refuse to run to the light and accept it as well. Non-believers cherry-pick the Bible and call all the bad stuff “fact” and all the salvation stuff “fanstasy.” And us good Christians call them out on it and stand up on our podiums and congratulate ourselves on our faith in the ENTIRE Bible.
Well I’m a believer and I don’t believe the entire Bible either. For me, it’s something like, “Yahoo! Christ died for me and I am special.” And then, “Obedience to God’s word and faith without works is dead?? Well… you know it’s really just a book written by people and who knows if they had their head screwed on straight.”
So believers don’t really believe the entire Bible either, it turns out. So I have a suggestion, or perhaps a challenge. I’m not saying “never again”, but for a month, stop reading the Bible for comfort or inspiration and just read it for what it mainly is: A historical account of stuff that actually happened. A text book. And a text book that tells a shockingly compelling story about some amazing things our God and his Son have done over the years. With a good bit of practical advice on how to experience that full history thrown in for good measure.
Let’s get the Bible out of the clouds and into our laps and realize that what we’re reading isn’t eloquent verse, it’s truth. It’s basic things that happened and the fact that they happened can mean only one thing: There is a God. He does amazing things in unexpected ways. And he loves us. A ton. End of story.
This stuff really happened people. Get your head around that. I know my head is not entirely wrapped around that fact but I’m at least glad I’ve realized it needs to be.
Love you all. Let’s have a conversation. What’s the toughest part of the Bible for you to accept as actual fact?
We were built to be heroes. It’s about time we started acting like heroes.