Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Easy to Understand...

Was talking with a friend on Facebook a couple days ago and he intimated to me that trying to read the Bible, let alone understand it, was tough. Back in my Catholic days, it wasn't necessarily taboo to read the good book, but the word was mostly spoon fed as a result of tradition. This friend also made mention to me that I've studied this a lot more than he has, but what he might not realize is that it isn't easy to understand for anyone, even in one of those newfangled translations.

(In fact, out of preference, I prefer to read the King James Version over others. It isn't that it's better than others, it's just that the Holy Spirit allows me to understand it as clearly as I'm writing now, or even more.)

Complications arise when we try to tackle it as we would a novel. I've done months of study on one book to get any inkling of understanding. This is the joy of reading it, as there is nothing written like it. You can read a Dean Koontz or Stephen King novel and though they are good, you can pretty much get the gist of it by reading it once. Every time I read a chapter or two in the Bible, I learn something more and it's feeding something more than a thirst for entertainment.

As far as entertainment goes, this is something I've had to re-evaluate and admittedly, I'm a bit of a prude. Good books are hard to find, and even those that look good end up being contrary to the Bible in some way, shape or form. It's where being able to discern comes in. For example, watched Armageddon (the movie with Bruce Willis) and knew the movie was at least misnamed. Yes, there are many plausible scenarios to the "end of the world" from a skeptic's point of view. However, Armageddon is a variation of a real place, Har Meggido, to be exact and this is more or less where a future, significant battle between good and evil is going to take place. This does not mean the connotation of the end of the world is correct. In fact, this is referred to in Revelation 19 when Christ comes back to destroy Satan's armies. See, the Bible is easy to understand.

We can fill our minds with objects that are a means to an end, or an end in itself. The Bible and a number of writings, even some fiction books, are good instruments of teaching and have redeeming value. The rest are simply a waste of time. Maranatha!

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