Having grown up with the strong belief that the Bible is the Word of God, living and breathing and stronger than a two edged sword, hearing that it is “just a load of old stories” is the equivalent of a punch to the face.
And for me (an average Christian), I get this feeling quite often. Taking lunch at work, listening to the radio, socializing. All the time.
Not too long ago, a close friend of mine (an average Non-believer) asked me what my “favorite story” from the Bible was. A casual question. She didn’t know – couldn’t possibly understand – the flurry of emotions felt in that moment. How could I possibly choose just one? And help her understand that the Bible isn’t just old news? So I took in a deep breath and explained what I’ll tell you now.
The Bible is a collection of old stories. Stories that are living and breathing and sharper than a two edged sword. Some of them are shocking and terrible; they speak of betrayal and war, lies and deceit, corrupt leaders and hardened hearts. Idolatry and unfaithfulness. Others are about redemption and salvation, God’s grace, mercy, lovingkindness. Stories of faithful and courageous leaders, and those who followed in His footsteps.
Yet everything is carefully placed with God’s divine power. The Bible paints a larger picture. A larger story. The story of God’s everlasting love for an unfaithful people. How time and time again, He shows his blessings and favor to His chosen people – people who then stray after false gods, forgetting the covenant promises and falling into sin. And time and time again, He saves them from their own ways. The theme of redemption sings from the pages of the Bible. No greater example is the sacrifice of His son, Jesus.
For God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
In the future, I’ll be writing about redemption, and some of those old stories that make up God’s Great Love Story.
Yours in Christ,
The Wednesday Witness
Upcoming: How God Longs For Us