That is what many people say who have never read the bible. As people grow up where knowing the Bible is not normal, that is the conclusion that many poeple come to and it is only going to get worse. It’s not about Bible stories and warm fluffiness, it’s about moral direction and an enconter with God that is real and life directing. That is what the Bible, the Word of God brings to us.
Last night I played a terrible trick on my grow group. We read the New World Translaion of The Bible where it talked about Jesus in the first chapter of the book of Colossians. For those of you who don’t know, this is where Jesus is said to be supreme over all things, ie. He is God. However, the New World Translation does not say this. It is produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses who simply don;t believ that is true. To this end, they changed the translation to suit thier own beliefs. Rather than be informed by the Bible, they chose to inform the Bble instead.
The thing was, not one person in my grow group spotted the problem. Everyone was reading it and agreeing with it, even when pushed. I think they were all a little shocked when I pointed out what the problem was. Obviously I was trying to point out that if we do not understand the Bible and know it, it is very easy indeed for us to be deceived. To be fair I expected that response, but maybe that is a sign of a bigger problem.
Who really understands the Bible anymore? Who really lets it shape and mould their life? I know there are a lots of people, but sometimes it can feel that we somehow demote the bible in priority of our belief. I believe we do that to our peril.
It’s as if we believe that the Bible is Not True…..