It may sound crazy to some of you, but it makes perfect sense to me.
Why would I read the Bible?
Isn’t it simply an out-of-date book with no relevance for today?
Isn’t it a book written by sexist men who want to subjugate women?
Isn’t it simply a book of rules?
Isn’t it filled with contradictions?
Don’t only superstitious, old-fashioned people believe the Bible?
I’m going to answer those questions from last to first.
There are many highly educated people who believe the Scriptures are divinely inspired, people with more letters after their name than in their name.
I won’t deny there are many hard-to-understand, seemingly contradictory passages in the Bible, but I believe that should make for more diligent study, not disregard.
The Word of God overflows with promise after promise. And yes, there are rules, but they are written for our good. Understanding and insight come from a study of all 66 books, not just picking out bits and pieces here and there.
If people took the time to understand the culture of Jesus’ day and came to realize just how radical his dealings with women were, their minds would be put to rest. Those who observed his actions would be amazed.
The Bible deals with topics that are every bit as relevant as they were thousands of years ago. Funny, the human condition boils down to the same things generation after generation.
While I can never convince you the Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God, it boils down to faith. If you are willing to prayerfully open its pages and read it diligently, you will be amazed. (Even if you’re an atheist or an agnostic, there’s no harm in praying, “God, if you’re real and if this is your Word, please make yourself known to me.”)
Happy Thanksgiving from Canada