Not My Words
The main thing I learned in Seminary, oh so many years ago, was that the Bible was an endless source of information. This has proven to be true as I prepare weekly sermons, talks and devotions. Hebrews 4:12 states, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
So many people sit back and judge the Bible, questioning whether it is completely God's Word or is only some of it. We wonder about those difficult passages and struggle to reconcile God's behavior in one section compared to another. One wise person said, "Stop examining the Bible for its truth but let it examine you." In other words, read it with the assumption it is God's Word and watch what will happen.
I don't believe I have an agenda but I think God does through His Word. The more I read, the more I realize that the central message is God's love for people. He loves us so much that He died for the sin that threatens to destroy us. He loves us so much that He wants us to know the truth about Him and about ourselves. So, it's clear to me that we are lost without Him.
Augustine heard a child saying "Tolle Lege" which means "Pick it up and read it. Pick it up and read it." He understood that to mean, pick up the Bible and read it. It radically transformed his life. And it will do the same for you and me.