16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Have you ever read a book and imagined the characters the way you want them, or events happening a certain way that makes sense to you? Too often we do this when reading the Bible. We read the passages, and in our minds, we downplay them to the point that they lose their impact or the intended effect. The Bible contains the history of salvation: its origin, its purpose, and its instruction for sharing it with the world.
What do you think of when you hear that word: “Story”?
I’m not sure about you, but I think of little red riding hood or humpty dumpty and his wall. So why do we view the Bible as a story book? The way we teach the accounts in the Bible to our kids is the way they are going to teach their children. The constant watering down of the Bible is the reason the majority of students will leave the church when they leave the home. It isn’t because they weren’t taught, it’s because they were incorrectly taught.
It wasn’t Noah’s flood, it was God’s judgment on the world. The ark wasn’t a big happy bath tub full of cute cuddly animals who were always smiling and all smelled like a rainbow. The flood was the single worst catastrophe to ever happen.
Moses and the Ten plagues, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, David and Goliath, even the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. These are just a few examples of some biblical accounts that have been diluted so much that they are no longer taken seriously by even the people who claim to believe the Bible. These are not just bed time stories we should tell our kids when they go to bed, these are the foundation of our faith and should be handled with care. These accounts should be studied, and the parallels between them should be found and explored within the boundaries of the scripture.
Dear Lord, we pray that we would take Your word as You meant it to be. Help us to not water it down. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.