A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine from another faith was chastising The Holy Bible, all while lamenting over her life being in such a mess. “Why me?”…”What did I ever do to deserve this? I’m a good person!”…”Why do Christians get to have everything they want when they don’t always deserve it?”…”If I don’t deserve prosperity, why should someone who ‘claims to be a Christian but doesn’t live like one’ have prosperity?” And on and on it went.
Three hours later (yes, the conversation was that long!), it boiled down to this: She’s mad at God. She’s mad that I seem to have everything she wants. She goes on and on about how unfair and unloving God is. And, I speak the truth…in the most loving way I know how. I share my relationship with God and that she can have it, too. I tell her what He says in His Word, and she says she doesn’t believe any of it…that the Bible is just words of men.
Yes, we could debate the issue of Biblical authenticity (and I have with her), but that’s not our topic today.
I want her to understand…It’s about who loves God, seeks to know Him, and obeys His word. That’s who God blesses (in any way He chooses). There. I said it.
Yes, God has blessed my husband and me in many ways, but not in every way. And…He has allowed our share of trials, too. Can we choose what we get, good or bad? No. (My friend wants to choose a fluid cash flow as proof that God is real…and loving…and obedient to her wishes….)
It seams that the people who scream the loudest against the Bible are people who’ve never read it. Isn’t it ludicrous to do a book review on a book they’ve never read? For an honest evaluation, we must read the thing first.
Part of my point here is that I regularly read the Bible, and I share with you my Sunday reports of what He reveals to me through reading His Book. My critique is more about how we should live based on His instruction, not about how He should do this or that to please us.
The next time someone tells you they don’t believe this or that in the Bible – or simply the Bible itself – ask them this.
Have you ever read it?
I encouraged my friend that particular day to read Psalms for solace. Her response was that she doesn’t have (or want) a Bible. Her faith is based on ancient scrolls (which match much of my Bible, including Psalms). She says they don’t read anything. Their priest tells them how to live – that they should be good people.
Excuse me…isn’t that just…words of men?
On this spectacular Sunday, I want you to know and understand (unlike my friend, sadly) the joy I feel in life. It’s His joy – the joy God fills me with. We all have that same opportunity. You may experience Joy in the Lord already, but if you don’t, here’s a hint of where you find it.
It’s in The Holy Bible. His Word. Have you read it?