Getting Real About the Bible
One of the dirty little secrets about Christianity is that hardly anybody ever actually reads the Bible. This observation is entirely anecdotal, based on my eighteen plus years in ministry. But I would bet money that some well-done research would reach the same conclusion.
Over the years on numerous occasions when I would visit at the homes of church members, I would notice a large, heirloom Bible prominently displayed on the living room coffee table. My hunch was that the book had been dug out of a pile somewhere, dusted off and placed on the table for the pastor’s benefit. Most of the time the book was in mint condition, apparently never opened.
Some Christians faithfully do their morning devotions, but that usually entails reading only a few “inspirational” verses. I have run across very few church-goers who could give you an even remotely accurate synopsis of the overarching biblical narrative.
I’m not criticizing Christians for not knowing what’s in their holy book. I just think the rampant biblical illiteracy among believers says something about the Bible that Christians should ponder. If the Bible really were in some way the “word of God” which reveals deep and amazing truth, then people would never be able to put it down. You would see people reading and discussing the Bible all over the place, all the time. They would be debating the significance of the Babylonian Exile, for instance. But it doesn’t happen. Why? Frankly, it’s just not that good of a read. Shakespeare is way better. Heck, even Harry Potter is a better read.