The Bible would have to be one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented books available today. I guess that should be no real surprise though when you consider it has been one of the number one top selling books of all time. I have so many conversations with people who think they know what the Bible says, but really have absolutely no idea. There is a misconception that the Bible is simply a rule book for religious people. A list of holy do’s and don’ts for those “poor unfortunates” who believe in it’s “fables” and “fairy tales“. And those poor unfortunate believers then use that same book to judge others who don’t.
Unfortunately, this has so little to do with the actual content of the Bible that it’s not even funny.
I don’t see the Bible as a rule book at all. I see it more as an owners manual. I have a very nice SSV Holden with a V8 engine, a car that is designed for a certain level of performance and to live up to certain expectations. For example, I expect that when I use the windscreen wipers to clean the windscreen, water will squirt on the window to enable them to clean it properly. But I have to refill that water from time to time and to do so requires that I know where to put that water. I can’t just open the bonnet and put the garden hose into say, the oil cap. To do so is going to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. How do I know where to put that water to get the best out of my windscreen wipers? By reading the owners manual. The owners manual was written by the manufacturer to ensure that all owners of their vehicles know how to use them as per their intended design, thereby getting the best out of them.
Well the same can be said of the Bible. We have bodies and lives, that a manufacturer has given us. And to help us make certain we are getting the absolute best out of them, He gave us an owners manual that contains all the information we need to ensure that we know exactly how to do so. Who could possibly know better than the designer and manufacturer how to use anything the best way? If we want the best results in our Holdens, we read an owners manual written by Holden. Well if we want the best results with our lives and bodies, we should refer to the manual written by the one who designed them and gave us life.
His name is God and the manual He has given us is called the Bible. In consultation with that manual and with the writer of that manual, we can be shown how to live this life we have been given to the absolute fullest possible potential, the most rewarding way possible. No one knows this better than He does…no matter who claims what!
Religion may have put a lot of people off the reading of the Bible and the relating with God with all it’s “You’re not worthy” stuff, but let’s have a quick look at what the Bible says Jesus came to preach: Ephesians 2: 17-19 says “And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through Him, we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Most religious people would read that as “He preached peace to those who were near, but judgement to those who were far off, for they would surely not have the same access to God the Father that we do”. But that is clearly not what it says.
Jesus message was one of absolute redemption for all. It is a totally inclusive message (all of humanity) with a totally exclusive method (Himself). Jesus is the only possible means to salvation and restored relationship with God the Father. There is no other way…but fortunately, this way is incredibly simple. All we have to do is “believe and receive“. Believe in Jesus and what He has done for us and then receive the free gift of life that He has made available to us. As we walk daily with Him, He will instigate the transformation of us into His own radiant and glorious image.
I truly hope that you have had an encounter with this very personal Jesus and are walking with Him daily and experiencing this wonderful transformation. There is no more rewarding way to live….This is the BEST!