“The Bible says…” “We must obey God’s Word.”
That kind of talk can open the door to an inspiration or it can set a trap for the mind to conclude the Bible is the truth.
The Bible is a book of books. It is a physical unit loaded with human words. The words have been reconfigured into many languages to keep it alive. Worries are expressed that some Bible versions are incorrect, untruthful.
However the Bible is not truth itself because truth is a metaphysical configuration.
Despite—or perhaps partially because of—not letting this fact get in the way of a good story, Bibles can be read in many of the world’s languages. As readers, we have the ability to know what’s real and what isn’t.
A few Bible facts from Statistic Brain:
|Number of total Bibles Printed
|Approximate number of languages spoken in the world today
|Number of translations into new languages currently in progress
|Number of languages with a translation of the New Testament
I frequently listen to Max McLean, narrator of the Listener’s Bible, on my iPOD, especially at night before going to sleep. McLean does an excellent job of blending vivid expression and theological comprehension to make listening to the Bible interesting and rewarding.
Last night, I was listening to the Psalms and a picture of clarity popped into life. McLean read from Psalm 95, “For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’” This was supposedly God reminiscing about pulling the children of Israel out slavery only to have them not credit or respect God. So, the children wandered around in a desert for forty years while believing God was angry with them.
We interpret everything through the lens of our own mental attitude, and my attitude is such that I don’t have an angry God. Needless to say, the Bible appeared to contradict my sense of God as peaceful and just an all-around wise yet composed Being, able to guide all thought in a way that brings satisfaction, not anger.
Anyway, the picture of clarity was that as much as I view my own reality through my own mental attitude, the children of Israel did also. Their mental attitude however was whining about not having enough food consequently all they could sense was an angry God. God wasn’t angry. The human perception was annoyed, indignant, irate, therefore, that is what they automatically pinned on God.
Lessons learned: I can trust the view of a peaceful strong God that manifests an uncomplaining attitude. And, Max McLean did a bang-up job of recording the Bible.