The title of the post, Don’t Ask Me to Read Your Holy Book, caught my eye today while surfing around WordPress. I’m always fascinated to hear why people do or do not choose to become Christians. This writer makes a good point about something a lot of Christians suggest in an effort to evangelize: “Read the Bible, it’ll prove Jesus was who He said, you’ll see how true everything is.” The point made in this post is that the book itself cannot prove its own validity. Point taken.
However, one thing the writer does not take into account (or perhaps does not know) is that Christians believe the Bible is more than just a book. We believe it is actually the living word of God.
In an interview I was shooting with Avalon last week, one of the members, Jody McBrayer, quoted some verses that are particularly meaningful to Him right now. As he was talking, you could see the other members becoming emotional. Greg Long commented that hearing those words that were written so long ago quoted by someone clinging to them in the present, helped him realize once again that it truly is a Living Word. It never changes, yet its principles apply to all life, all generations.
This writer is correct. In general, a book cannot be its own validating source. And there are other sources that prove at least the historical information in the Bible. However, when it comes to moving past just reading, it becomes a matter of faith. Unfortunately, there is no validating source for faith. It is a choice, a leap into the unknown, a trusting of things that perhaps cannot be seen or “proven”.