2013-10-24 - Why Would God Write a Book?
Psa 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)
If you ask for a clinical explanation of the Bible it is a collection of sixty six books written by forty authors over more than a thousand years. While that dry evaluation is correct it misses the unity and the story and the road map that is handed down to humankind - God's creation.
I was once asked this question directly. I was quite taken aback actually. The answer was obvious to someone who has read the book! How do you take that moment to cam someone who is already wound up and gently mocking? A soft answer turns away wrath (look it up). If you want to keep something and have any hope of keeping it accurate over time it must be recorded. Some cultures still share stories through songs taught generation to generation. Even these carefully guarded lyrics can change. While written copies can change as new copies are made comparison with modern translations against the Dead Sea scrolls showed outstanding accuracy over 2000 years to what we have today.
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The forty authors wrote under inspiration. They got to hold the pen while God spoke to their hearts. It is a handbook for living life according to God's plan. Many people say they don't want to be told what do to, but we do it all the time. If not you will probably run into problems with the law - speed limits, taxes, building codes, etc. all require compliance of one kind or another. The ten commandments: two tables of rules with four on the first table governing the relationship between God and man, and the second table with six rules governing the relationship between us and our fellow men and women. All of them are pretty common sense. Jesus boiled them down to two simple rules:
Matt 22:36-38 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? 37 And He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and foremost commandment.39 The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
If you love God first all the items on the first table are obvious. If you treat your neighbor as graciously as you would like to be treated the items on the second table are obvious.
This is just the very tip of the iceberg. The Bible is a road map for life, and a lamp for the journey down that road He has for you. It points the way to become a member of God's family and to eternal life with the Lord in Heaven. If you're curious start with the book titled John written by the Apostle John in a modern translation. That will probably answer some questions and generate more. Then you need to find someone to ask those questions - a friend, or a local Pastor would be good. Any of the writers here would be willing to help answer honest questions.
Why wouldn't God write a book? It's a gift.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.