Understand the Bible is a very appropriate title for this book. Sometimes we may forget that this is the point of Scripture. It is one thing to read the words, but what do they do? mean? And to be honest, since they were written thousands of years ago, are those words still applicable today? These are just a few of the questions asked in this book, and I encourage you to read it.
To be completely honest, I had never read the entire Bible until a few months ago. That is hardly a claim to fame for a Christian, but I am sure that this is a widespread fact than we would like to admit. The truth is that the Bible can be difficult to read at times. Lamentations and kings are difficult to thwart. For me, the Old Testament is a real challenge.
That’s what is so refreshing Understand the Bible. It offers perspective. Now that I have fully read the Bible, I have made up my mind to understand it. And that’s a lifelong search – one with no discernible end. Because the truth about the Bible is that we never will knows the truth until we are in the presence of its authors. And until then it won’t matter.
We can posterize and theorize anything we want about the meaning of the verses, but we really don’t knows. You are just that; Theories. Granted, many are well-researched theories that span eons. I do not refute this at all. But I believe that Jesus wants us all to have a personal relationship with him. And as relationships often do, this can take different forms depending on the person.
Why I recommend this book
For me I’m not a big churchgoer. I see the importance of community and the environment in an environment of support and faith. I understand. But I cannot get over all pious, sanctimonious “Christians” who have continued to defame religion with their own words and deeds since the beginning of Christianity.
Jesus gave us the two most important commandments:
37 Jesus answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 40 All of the law and the prophets hold fast to these two commandments. “ Matthew 22: 37-40
“Christians” who are racist, sexist, homophobic, open-minded and selfish do not need to apply. These are selfish agendas. Not god. Take care next time you go to church. Often times, those who are most unconcerned about their “beliefs” are the most sanctimonious of all. I firmly believe Church was the original version of social media “trolling”. A place where a church could come together to speak ill of others. And definitely not in accordance with Christ’s commandments.
But that too is my experience with the Church. Yours could be different, and I hope it is. The point is, it has taken me so long to recover from my experience of the Church and to get to the point where I am in my relationship with Christ. Understand the Bible has helped.
Now I’m biased because the author shares many of the same views as me. He reiterates that the authors of the script were human and prone to error. Although they were inspired To write of God what the Bible would become was not dictated to them by God. Hence, it is inherently humanistic in character.
The basic point of this book is to help us win perspective and insight instead of just reading the words. And if you are really serious about studying the Bible, isn’t that the point?
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