Why Should I Read the Bible?
"And this is the same story we're living today?"
"You got it! We're in the part of the story that comes between Jesus' first and second coming. We read the Bible to help us understand where we've come from and where we're going on this strange and wonderful journey. This journey has unique heroes—Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Paul—and obviously uses special vocabulary—justification, sanctification. And it just, well, looks at the world differently from the way we're used to seeing it. That's why there are times when the Bible seems so irrelevant. But as I said, it's not the Bible that's irrelevant and out of touch. It's us. And we're the ones who have to make the effort to get real."
"And we do that by reading the Bible. OK, I get it." I was tired of talking and wanted to get on with wrestling. But he had made me think, as usual. I stood up, motioned for him to stand, and started circling him again.
"Good," Josh replied. "Maybe you're not such a stupid …."
Before he could finish his sentence, I had him down on the mat, with a half nelson on him. College hadn't helped him in this department at all.
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