The B-I-B-L-E

You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Jn. 5:39

Reading the Bible as a literal rule book can lead us to some pretty bizzare lifestyle choices and condemning attitudes towards those around us. Reading the Bible as a promise book turns a conversation with God into a contract negotiation. Reading the Bible as a resource to support arguments, exert control, or inflict guilt and shame is not going to do much for relationships with other humans or with God.  Reading the Bible in the literary, historical, cultural, language, and sociological contexts in which it was written adds more meaning and intellectual honesty, but can turn it into a bunch of stories about some ancient people groups and a demanding deity who all seem to have slightly megalomaniacal tendencies. To matter spiritually, the Bible, even Old Testament Scripture, has to be read through the lens of Christ’s mission and personality and translated or paraphrased honestly and without agenda.

Lord, reveal the love and truth of Christ in every chapter.