What’s Your View of the Bible?

A section from The Jesus Storybook Bible has been ringing in my ears all week (if you have young kids, go buy this book now. If you don’t, I’d still consider it. The book is that good). For those of you at the service last week you’ll remember Candace Lawhon, one of our Children’s Ministry directors, reading from this book during an announcement.

I’ll reproduce it here:

“Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!”

Simply put, but deeply profound.

So the question is what’s your view of the Bible? Is your default mode to treat it like a rulebook? Or a tale of heroes we’re supposed to emulate? The way you view the Bible will dictate, in large part, how you view God.

If it’s predominantly a book of rules, then moralism or legalism will likely be your thing. You’ll keep a list of boxes to check and you’ll keep a running scoreboard in your head for you and those around you (spoiler alert…you always win).

If it’s a book of heroes, then your faith becomes hero-worship in many ways. And if you’re like me, your aspiration in life isn’t to glorify God, it’s to become a hero like those in the Bible. Thus, your faith becomes much more centered on you than the God of the universe.

But the Bible is much more than either of these options. It’s an adventure story, it’s a love story. And as CS Lewis put it – it’s a fairy tale that’s actually come true. Read it as such.

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