The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over six billion copies sold and distributed. Yet many of us don’t read it. That’s like buying food for the soul and not eating it.
Uniformed about what the Whole Bible says, we may pick out parts of the Bible that we think are most appropriate for us, while ignoring the rest. Spending adequate time in the Bible helps us mature in our faith. Still, we resist the idea of fitting ourselves into God’s framework. We don’t want to change, even though transformation is what we need. This is just like dehydration, which deprives our brain cells of oxygen, limiting our ability to think. We become dizzy and think we might faint when all we need is water. Yet we resist changing and retreat to not drinking enough water. And sometimes we don’t take the time to read the Bible. Our unfamiliarity with it can cause us to fall into the category of lukewarm Christian.
With our faith falling toward the bottom of our priority list, the danger of falling away from God increases exponentially according to the degree of disregard we place on our faith.
Some may say, “But the Bible is so hard to read and understand.” That’s understandable. However, there are translation and paraphrases such as The Message that are easy to understand.
Nevertheless, today I want to add some comments that are not in the first edition of Calming the Chaos:
In an interview with Michael Eric Dyson, published on June 7, 2020, in the New York Times Book Review, Dyson answered the question “Do you think any canonical books are widely misunderstood?” by saying:
“The Bible, [is misunderstood] by nearly every … Christian zealot who hates a lot of folk that God loves, and by every believer who wants to take literally words bathed in divine metaphor and drenched in heavenly symbolism.”
My point, as mentioned by Dyson above, is that most lay Christians have trouble understanding parts of the Bible. However, the metaphorical descriptions and symbolism are often the most enchanting and enjoyable to read. If you don’t understand something, it’s best to talk to a pastor or use a comprehensive study Bible.
It wasn’t until I committed myself to attending Bible studies that I saw the difference in understanding the Bible and the joy that comes with reading the Bible often. The events are fascinating, and in most cases read like a novel; thriller, fantasy, or mystery. You have nothing to lose if you pick up your Bible, dust it off, and read it. Start with just a few minutes … and then see where that leads. I promise you won’t regret it.
NEXT WEEK: A Relationship with God Doesn’t Require Proof