To me, The Bible is no Joke
Okay, so I can be a little rough around the edges– a little harsh at times. (If you are laughing, I will find you!) Goodness knows I’m definitely opinionated, and yes, I do tend to speak my mind. Sometimes, I actually see certain words coming out of my mouth, and as I try to grab them, they evaporate before my very eyes and I realize it’s just too late. But, I am learning to contain myself… uh… a little.
I am definitely not the only person with an opinion or a belief. There are many different opinions on many different topics out there. And, one of those topics is religion. Uh-oh!
Since I rarely discuss religion, God, or the bible here (I have another spot for that- Grace Plus Faith), I decided I should clear out a few cobwebs about what I believe and where I stand.
First of all, let me make something clear: I do NOT believe in religion. Uhhh… what? However, I DO believe in God, the Father; His Son, Jesus; and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the bible– God’s WORD. And, I believe in His will (plan) for my life. But, that does NOT mean I always stay on track.
I know a few bloggers who refuse to discuss “religion” on their blogs. They believe it is too controversial, and they don’t want to risk losing followers. Without a doubt, I understand that. But… I am whom I am, I believe what I believe, and I am not ashamed to proclaim! So, here we go.
I decided to write about this because someone posted a quote from a show on fb. (If you happen to see this, no, I’m not mad at you, K. 😛 ) Basically, it went like this: “So what you are telling me is your book, the Bible, has faulty information in it and God has not updated it? So when is Bible 2.0 coming out?” Haha! Whew! Yeah, that was hilarious! **cough** Anyway, comments on that post were the usual: The bible was written 100 years after this and that, some dude sat down and wrote s**t, it’s controversial, the bible is full of lies, it was written by men and had nothing to do with God, blah, blah, yadda, poo. Just in case you were wondering, no, I didn’t comment on that post.
It’s funny how non-believers and naysayers always spout the same rhetoric. Honestly, I love it when people who don’t know what they’re talking about try to argue about the “truth” on any topic, but especially God and the bible. Gosh, what do I mean by that? What I mean is– Regardless of your beliefs or perceptions, READ and STUDY the bible BEFORE you try to tell anyone what it means, what it STANDS for, or if it is truth. Then, and only then, can we sit down together (or sit at our ‘puters) and have a real conversation– or debate, if you will– about the meaning or truth of the bible. As a side note, I also find it funny when someone that doesn’t believe in God says they don’t believe the bible is true because it was written by man, and not by God. Just sayin’.
Here is MY truth: There is no need, nor shall there ever be a need, for a version 2.0. The bible, God’s Word, is not controversial. However, the opinions of those who do not understand it and have never attempted to understand it, are controversial. God’s word was, is, and forever shall be, TRUTH UNchanging. It is what it is. Period. You either read it, study it, and believe it, or you don’t. You either have faith in God and His word, or you don’t. You either insert YOUR will and YOUR beliefs into what you read, or you don’t. It’s a choice we make for ourselves. That choice is always available, though. Free will.
Yes, I believe in God’s word– the bible. The more I read and study it, the more I understand. The more I read and study it, the more clear it becomes. The more I read and study it, the more truth I see. The more I read and study it, the more faith I have. That does not mean I’m perfect. HA! What a joke! I mean– I’m sure God has put face to palm and shook His head at many of the things I’ve done. But, guess what? He loves me ANYWAY, and He forgives me. How do I know this? Because the bible tells me so. 🙂
What this means is that my Father is a loving, patient, and forgiving God who’s arms are always wide open waiting for my return when I’ve walked away from Him, or messed up. He never turns His back on me, even though I have often turned my back on Him. What a Father! What this means is my Father–my Lord– my Savior– my Redeemer is truth. His word is truth. And, the bible is, and forever shall be, His word.
On a personal day-to-day level, what does this mean to me? It means that when I need to feel peace, I go to His word. When I need answers or understanding, I go to His word. When I feel lonely, I go to His word. When I feel as if I’ve lost my faith, I go to His word. When I feel blessed and thankful, I go to His word. It may often take me awhile, but I always get there. God is love, and the proof is The Cross.
Yes, there are many different bible translations. Why not? There are many different types of people from many different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. I actually like different translations (to a point), but I especially like the interlinear translation of my Greek bible. Different translations or transliterations offer the reader a better understanding of the text by simply stating it in a different way. Some people have great difficulty understand text that’s surrounded by thees and thous, and a simplified bible version is very helpful to them.
My friend posted that quote because she thought it was funny. It made her laugh. I didn’t misinterpret her motive, and I didn’t take offense to the post at all. I simply took it as an opportunity to express how I feel and what I believe. I just chose to do it here. Great opportunity, eh?
People will believe what they want to believe, and they have reasons for it. I believe what I believe, and I also have a reason for it. God lives, His word lives, and the bible is His word. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Nope, there isn’t a need for an updated version of the bible. But, people… Now, that’s another story.
Thanks for reading, and have a blessed week! 🙂