Truth be told, I didn’t find my way by basing my life on the Bible.
[Keep reading. Maybe you’ll discover why your faith doesn’t work the way you think it should. Of course, I’m going to assume, here, that you are an honest person, okay?] 🙂
I Do Believe The Bible
<murmering in the background>…”okay, Mabel, I’m confused. Didn’t he just say he doesn’t base his life on the bible???”
You heard me correctly. I don’t base how I live my life on the Bible. And, truthfully speaking, I bet you don’t either.
I Base My Life On Jesus
I’m not just playing fast and loose with words, here. There is actually quite a bit of difference between the two approaches.
Skeptic’s Accusation, “Why would any sane person base their lives on a brutal, contradictory book of fairy tales?”
A sane person wouldn’t base his or her life on a brutal, contradictory book of fairy tales. And since I am a sane person with a touch of seasoning :), I don’t for two reasons:
- That’s not what the Bible is
- As already stated, I base my life on the example of Jesus
What Is The Bible?
The Bible is a library of literary genius made up of 66 different collections of literal historic accounts, poems, proverbs, eye witness testimony, and narratives. Although it has extremely relevant application for today, it was not written by men like us to men and women like us. It’s absolute truth must be understood by more than “couch potato diligence” to it’s contextual heartbeat. [Yes. ‘couch potato diligence’ is an oxymoron]
Why Do I Trust The Bible?
I trust the Scriptures because Jesus trusted the Scriptures. Not the other way round. In other words, I don’t trust in Jesus because I trust the Scriptures. I trust the Scriptures because Jesus understood and trusted them.
“Jesus Is The Final Authority and Example For My Life”
I can’t answer for nor judge every man and woman who declares themselves to be Christian. I know some precious Christian believers who are “historically Christian” by order and organization. However, often times, Christianity is very little more than a variety of organized dogmas. Let me clarify. I’m not bashing organized Christianity. I am simply saying that faith based on organized sets of dogma [even what’s known as Word Faith prescriptions] is a poor substitute for the gritty, gutsy, dirt under one’s fingernails, boots on the ground kind of faith that comes from “watching Jesus.”
The Bible is actually a very sophisticated genius collection of messages that tell God’s story and purpose for mankind. A person wouldn’t realize that without giving it the kind of due it deserves. But, it all points toward Jesus. Faith arises from the story and example of Jesus. The Scriptures give that story context.
As the Gospel chorus says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”
One last thought:
It was Jesus who declared that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord God with all of the heart, soul, and MIND.
True faith isn’t for dummies, nor lazy minds. Rest in a daily relationship with Jesus as the cornerstone for your life. Intently investigate the Scriptures to exercise the ageless context of His Story. Watch real faith grow!