What Shall I Do With the Bible?   4 comments

Bible Translations

Above:  Five of My Favorite Bible Translations

Photograph Taken Via My Computer Camera, September 13. 2013

From Left to Right:

J. B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English (Revised Edition, 1972)

The New Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition (1993)

The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha (1989)

The New Jerusalem Bible (1985); and

TANAKH:  The Holy Scriptures (1985).

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

To say to that my piety differs from that of my great-grandfather is to understate reality.  Although I respect the Bible and therefore take it seriously, my attitudes and many of my conclusions are quite different from his.  Some of these differences fall into the category of the merely subjective–with no right or wrong, just preferences one way or another–and others come under the heading of that which I will not defend, for they are legalistic, even if they are consistent with his cultural milieu and therefore historically understandable.  So know, O reader, that I am myself and my great-grandfather was himself.  And know which is which.  Then you will understand reality correctly.

And I, as a Neo-orthodox Christian, know the difference between the word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God (Jesus).  The former leads me to the latter, where I place my emphasis.  Yet often (as is the case here) I notice Evangelicals and others using “Word” to mean the Bible, not Jesus.  (I have numerous conversational examples to cite, so may nobody question the veracity of my statement.)  Language matters in communication.  If we use the same term to mean different things, a lack of communication results.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL EXILED SAINTS

THE FEAST OF GODFREY THRING, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JANE CREWDSON, ENGLISH QUAKER POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE

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Psalm 119:105-112

Our text says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path.”

Read Definition of the Bible

What shall we do with the Bible?

1.  We can refuse to own one.  

The Bible once occupied a prominent place in homes.

2.  We can let it lie on shelves and collect dust or we can use it to hide money, papers, etc.  

Moody said, “Sin will keep you away form the Bible and the Bible will keep you away from sin.”

3.  We can keep it in our pockets.

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5.  We can admit it to be God’s word.  

Dare you to read the Bible if you don’t want to be a Christian?

It is the world’s bestseller.

Men have tried to destroy it.

The American Bible Society distributes it.

If there is something worrying you, read the book.

One doctor’s prescription to a wealthy woman was to read the Bible one hour each day and then come back to see him.

6.  We can commit it.  

Memorize its precious truths–one verse per day.

Jesus used word vs. Devil in His temptations.

7.  We can submit to its teachings:  Do what it says do.

There is no use to read or commit it unless we intend to obey it.

Recite some important commands–

Swearing–“Do not take the name….”

Sabbath Day–Hebrews 10:25

Biggest crowds at Sunday events–Baseball, Theatres, etc.

8.  We can transmit it.

We can tell it to others.

If you love the Word, there is opportunity to teach it.  One advantage of many churches is that that they give so many work to do.

The responsibility of Sunday School teachers is great.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

SOMETIME AFTER DECEMBER 1952

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4 responses to “What Shall I Do With the Bible?

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  1. Actually, if you want an accurate understanding of what the Evangelicals believe about the Written Word of God in relationship to the Incarnate Word of God, this is a better explanationt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEVbGsAwZB0 Particularly because Jesus repeatedly held the Scriptures in the same esteem and He is the fulfillment of them.

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