Yes, you read that title correctly. GQ hates the Bible.
Okay, that’s my own spin on it but it’s pretty close to accurate.
GQ recently published an article (or, more accurately, an opinion piece) titled 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read. You can read it here.
Included with the Bible are such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms (both by Ernest Hemingway), as well as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
And coming in at number 12 was the Bible. Here is the author’s take on the Bible:
“Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”
If you haven’t guessed by now, I completely disagree with the author on all of this except on one point: it is true that this is not the finest thing that man has ever produced.
It is, however, the finest thing that God has produced.
Yes, man wrote the words down but God gave men the words to write. Men like Moses, Paul, John, and Timothy (among others) received the Word from God and wrote them down. Yes, there are bad parts (murder, rape, and God’s wrath on His people) and there are good parts (redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation).
Taken as a whole, the Bible is the story of us. The creation of man, his fall, and his eventual return to righteousness through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Everything we were and everything we were destined to become is written in the pages of the Bible. Those who are ‘of the world’ can’t see that. They only see the Word as a collection of interesting stories and nothing more.
For those of us who are saved, we see the Bible as our guide to salvation and where the future of this world is headed.
All you have to do is take a look around at the world today and you will realize that the Bible is more relevant now than it’s ever been. Pick it up, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and you will see it exactly as I (and many others) see it.
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