There are many schools of thought on the purpose of the Bible. Among Christians, two views in particular stand out to me – the difference is subtle at first but significant upon second glance. I don’t mean to lump views together that are not mutually exclusive, but for the sake of simplicity, that’s the way I’m doin’ it.
So What the Heck Should You do With the Bible?
Primary Purpose of the Bible
- School of Thought A: To make you a better person.
- School of Thought B: To help you know God and have a relationship with him.
Bible’s Message on Blessings
- A: Seek God and he will bless you with happiness.
- B: Seek God and your current struggles will begin to seem trivial in light of eternity and God’s love for you.
Bible’s Message on “Doing”
- A: Do, do, do. Don’t be a bump on a log reading the Bible. Go spend as much time as possible putting it into action.
- B: Be a bump on a log reading the Bible to ensure you understand it before putting it into action. Even then, acknowledge that your actions must be led my God as humans have a tendency to grossly overestimate their ability to “do the right thing.”
Bible Reading Habits
- A: Read the Bible everyday and you will have a much better attitude about life.
- B: Continually seek God through His Word – the Bible – and you will learn the virtue of patience and faith as you seek him for weeks, months, or even years without experiencing His presence.
Bible’s Message on Repentance
- A: Get on your hands and knees and sob bitterly to show God how sorry you are for making that one mistake that one time.
- B: What a funny word. “Repent” means to change one’s mind. It indicates nothing emotional in nature.
Is there one right way to make use of the Bible? If so, is one of the above schools of thought more valid than the other? Are there other schools of thought I should consider?
While I can’t be 100% certain, I can at least weigh the evidence for each view and make an educated decision. I’m currently indecisive. If you can’t already tell, I’m leaning one way, but further investigation is needed. I will post my findings on this blog so we can discuss them together and share our viewpoints.