For those of you who didn’t run the other direction, I figure you’re either genuinely curious, curiously sneering, or rebellious. Had I chosen the Koran or The Tao of Poo or The Prophet I’d be riding the current with all the other trout. But espouse the Bible and you’re salmon for sure. No worries, today’s rebellion is tomorrow’s broad road. Follow what society deems right and you’ll be dancing the rumba, not just in fashion, but in philosophy. Bell bottoms, skinny jeans, big hair, no hair, waist-shrinking corsets, butt-billowing undies, abortions, homosexuality. Thank goodness it’s still wrong not to pay taxes.
I offer you another immovable rock, much more pleasant than taxes.
The Bible is God’s direct revelation to us, and unlike men who claim to speak for Him, God doesn’t change His mind. Not at our shaking fists, not at the political or social clime. Not ever. Quite the contrary, God’s Word changes people. Jesus described it: Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. (Matthew 21:44) Put another way, understanding God’s heart will break yours.
I speak from experience.
I wish I could line up my witnesses for you to testify as to the person I was before. No matter, it doesn’t work the same way as a court proceeding or a magic show. The magic, the pardon happens on the inside of each person, thus preserving the faith for the next and the next. Everyone wanted a magic show from Jesus, and history agrees: He performed. Still, how many people ignore Him? How many doubt? Thomas, His own disciple doubted the extent of His power. Is it surprising that 2000+ years later we diminish His accomplishment? A thing can be true whether you believe in it or not. Just ask gravity.
Most people don’t have the patience or tenacity to read the Bible. May I suggest not beginning in the Old Testament? I tried that and got to Leviticus before giving up. Though the Old Testament has value, it’s more of a back story, the how-we-got-into-this-mess. Start with the New Testament if you want to meet God. Specifically the book of John if you want to feel you’re looking into His eyes. Truly.
Most people, myself included, would rather have coffee with Jesus than read His words. A personal meet and greet wins over reading the book every time because we figure if we could offer our side of the case, the verdict would be tailor-made. Pride makes us think we deserve a special dispensation. God’s Word is for the masses. I want a personal interview.
It takes humility to even crack the book.
Or consider what Ghandi said about the Bible: You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.
There came a crossroads in my journey. I had to decide what I believed. Was the document just literature? Or was it a mind-blowing, life-changing double-edged sword? The cynic and the scientist in me wanted empirical evidence. For those cynics and scientists out there, check this out. More importantly, read the Bible. Pursue God the way you’d pursue a lover. Don’t tell me He’s not there if you haven’t given more than a glance in search for Him.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12