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The Bible

May 26, 2014

The Giving Tree copyright by Preston Surface

THE BIBLE, I’ve discovered, does not resonate well with folks. Saw a cartoon on a fellow’s wall the other day showing three books. The Bible – proof God exists. Then there was The Koran – proof Allah exists. Then there was – The Book of Mr. Tinkle – proof Mr. Tinkle exists. Today the bible is actually a dust collector if that; ignored, shuffled aside, not given any credence whatsoever.

I find this so amazing. I remember the days of my youth when I was dragged to church. I hated going to church on Sunday nights because the western “Bonanza” was playing on television. I missed the fellow taking the first step on the moon because we had to go to church. I had a model of the Apollo space ship, put it together myself. Anyways, I remember saying the pledge of allegiance and the Lords Prayer in the public schools. The nation was saturated with all this God stuff. The stores were always closed on Sundays and most everybody went to church. I remember the long sermons, the rumbling hungry stomach, lunch afterwards, and playing softball in the park with the church group.

I remember the preacher instructing folks to go and spread the Word of Christ. Then there were all the missionary people whom would discuss how it was in other countries. I could imagine small villages of cannibals with missionaries boiling in their pots over the camp fire. However this was years and years ago, now there is the internet and media beyond any of our imaginations. Then I think there must not be an individual left on earth who hasn’t heard of God and going out and spreading the gospel is a thing of the past.

The surprise is, when I was a child the pendulum of the Gospel of Christ had come to a full swing to the right and has since swung back almost totally to the left; still speedily swinging in the leftward direction. If the pendulum doesn’t stop and start to swing back the next thing you will know is it will be against the law, this Gospel of Christ thing.

People I find are afraid to even give the bible a try, why should they for it is only a book. Besides with Catholic Priests molesting children and crazy television preachers proclaiming wealth if only you send them a seed, money to show God you trust Him. Christianity has become their own worst enemy. Who in the world would want to get involved in that crackery? It would be interesting to know how many folks who attend church services today have actually read the bible. Recently I had made a statement based on information gleaned from the bible and was unfriended on FB for doing so. The individual claimed she knew God, but has never read the bible. Indicating she never would read the bible, not even in a million years. How many folks are just like her finding the bible offensive, hateful, and defiled?

To be truthful The Bible is a fanciful and very strange read. It is a story of a Loving Creator whom slaughters folks to make room for His People and later slaughters His Son or to complicate this even more, slaughter Himself since He and His Son are one, so that we can have ever lasting life. Then God has given us a small period of time to accept Him and His Son as our salvation from the filth which we are or we will be thrown into a lake of fire to suffer for eternity. Then we are warned to turn to Him for He is going to return to this earth to once again annihilate the population by fire.

All of this is downright foolishness isn’t it? However this foolishness is a cover and is actually designed into the fabric of this book. This book is The Word, the voice of an Almighty God and He has chosen to disguise this book as foolishness to the non-believer. In reality, if God wants you to understand The Bible you will grow a yearning for it and will find yourself reading it and studying it and then all of a sudden magic happens. The Word of God begins to reveal a true, individual message, to you the reader. If you find you do not care about the bible and certainly do not yearn after it, well then God doesn’t want you to know the bible. It is part of the plan. I would be asking myself, “Why doesn’t God want me to read His Word?”

From the beginning God was and is Love. As the almighty God He created folks so He could be loved and honored by them. However, He did not create robots who would just obey no matter what. What type of love is that? God in a way introduced evil into the world when He placed the tree of knowledge into the Garden of Eden. Had He not put the tree there, Adam and Eve would never have been tempted to do wrong in the first place. Sort of like turning a kid loose in a candy store but telling him not to eat any of the candy.

The almighty God, our creator, so wanted folks to love and obey Him willingly so He allowed them to choose and you know the result of that was. Yet God still loved them. When Cain murdered Abel, did God send Cain to jail? No, God put a protective mark on Cain so no one would harm Him. After the murder of Abel folks became crueler and meaner, turning further and further from God. Actually these folks had not a clue on how to act but God desired the people would Love Him. But they didn’t. Even so God did not hold their sins against them He just let them be like He did with Cain.

Later the population on the earth became so mean and vile except for a handful. In Love towards the populace and the handful of believers God flooded the world destroying all except the handful. Sounds awful but God did not hold the sins against any of them. Those whom drowned were taken into the next life however that works, into a much less stressful and a more blissful state. Actually it was tougher on those left behind. Later the story repeats itself. Folks turn vile and there are annulations except for a few. So God does have an Achilles Heal, God can not make us love Him. Here is this Creator so wanting us to Love Him but time after time we reject Him.

Later God allowed folks to know what sin is through His Law which gave to Moses. Even then God realized the folks couldn’t keep themselves from sinning so God allowed animal sacrifice to help them atone for their sins and to also teach and direct them to the next step in His plan. This short period of time from the introduction of The Law to Moses until God Himself as the Son of Man appeared on earth, maybe 2000 or so years, God laid down the hammer, spanked the child for almost touching the hot stove to try to teach man how to live. This was a hard, actually an impossible law to follow, it was made this way. Folks learned they were helpless, they just couldn’t do it. God had them primed just right for His next step. God as the Son, complicated concept but one which is revealed to a believer, came to earth to once again teach of His Love, present His Promises, and then to Offer His Life so we could have life, in order so we would Love God. God really wants us to love Him. How do you love God, you do so by trusting and obeying in Him. Anyways, the story continues where through the gospels we may learn of His Love for us and in return may Love Him back. So even though God no longer walks among us as He did in the bible days, He has sent His spirit to comfort and guide us.

With all of this said, we now come back to the bible, the book of foolishness. This Holy Spirit is the secret to understanding the bible. There are many bible scholars and folks who dwell into the bible as a hobby and so forth, but these are not necessarily those gifted with the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus was crucified He told His disciples He would send the Holy Spirit after He left this world. The purpose of the Holy Spirit was to open the eyes, hearts, and mind of those folks to better understand Christ our Savior and what He has done for us, what He plans for us, what He wants of us and so forth.

Reading and living The Word of God is two different concepts. Anyone can read the book of foolishness, but to understand it you must apply yourself. You must accept the salvation offered and you must accept the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to understand this book of foolishness. The person with this gift of the Spirit you will find yearning to dive into The Bible. Every moment of every day this person’s thoughts will be of God. To know more and more about God the person will dwell more and more on God’s Word.

Folks are afraid this book is just one book and how stymied can you get. This is not true for this book will open your eyes to more and more resources. God will gladly reveal to you His Love anyway possible however you will be drawn constantly to The Bible.

The Bible starts with creation, then unto making a nation of followers, and then into inviting all into the story which all leads into a very interesting ending only to find out it is yet another beginning. God’s story is inviting and really full of Love. Read God’s Word, invited God into your life, accept His free gift of the Holy Spirit, Love God and just wait and see what happens. Is this book really foolishness, or much more than gold and silver. I guess it all depends if you are just reading this book or if you are actually becoming part of the never-ending story.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 26, 2014 7:39 pm

    Thank you for your encouragement to read God’s Word. God bless you:)

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