The Bible isn’t a book about how to be a Christian.
It isn’t even a Book.
It’s a collection of books, a library of books with something to say.
It insists that the future is going somewhere, towards hope, peace, restoration, and love.
That all of the broken things in the world are in the process of being made right and that one day there will be harmony on earth between people, nature, and God.
It’s a collection of honest stories, about love and loss, hope and change, brokenness, emptiness, and defeat, and finding God in the midst of it all.
It’s a collection of books that tell a story about a man by the name of Jesus who was sent by God to change the way that we relate to one another and the way that we relate to God.
This man Jesus lived a style of life that he called “eternal” a way of living that unleashed the full potential of what it means to be human, in perfect unity with God loving and serving others and creating peace and life through his actions and through his words.
The collection of books insists that Jesus was more than just a man though, that he was God revealing and relating to the world in a new way showing that his character was filled with grace and mercy towards the world.
It tells the story of how Jesus had to die, and that through his death we can find new life, we can follow the path that Jesus created for us to live life like him, filled with sacrificial love.
The final section of the Bible tells the account of Jesus rising from the dead, bringing in a new age and a new stage of God’s restoration process, a process that we’re invited to join.
It’s a story about all that humanity lost through it’s own brokenness and how God came down to put the pieces back together.
It’s also an invitation to join him in that mission.
The story finishes with a call to keep telling the story, to keep pushing it forward in hopes that people may find eternal life, hope, love, and may find their place in God’s family.
So the Bible isn’t a book about what it means to be a Christian, it’s a book about what it means to be human.
Is this too over simplistic a definition of the Bible? Of course it is but no definition can tell the whole story, if you want the whole story you’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Is the Bible Relevant in 2018?
Is loving your neighbor a good thing? How about serving the poor? How about caring for those who can’t take care of themselves? How about having a justice system that serves the weak and vulnerable? Those are all ideas that first came from the Bible and are ideas that we still struggle to apply today.
The Bible still speaks, it’s up to us to listen.
Apologies for two extra words.