“Time Warp Cheating!”

Laura seems quite determined to get help with Rob’s list challenge without opening her Bible! First she tried a “Dear Abby” kind of letter, now she’s using a time warp! (How she did this is another storyline entirely!)

What actually prompted this little series was a recent garage cleaning. I found some old books that I had put away along with some notes, and they were mostly all about Bible commentaries and Bible lists. This reminded me of how I had for a time been more inclined to “read about the Bible” rather than to “actually read the Bible.” I think I’ve said before, Laura is a lot like me in some respects!

So what do you think about reading the Bible? Is it something that you avoid doing? Would you rather take a “shortcut”? Even a “cheating shortcut”? (Which for me would be the times when I was afraid of what God would say to me if I read His Word directly, so I’d choose to read someone else’s word about His Word!)

I guess there may be two different ways of looking at the Bible.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow… Hebrews 4:12a (NASB)

The Bible can be used as a sword, a weapon, and I’ve done that. But I think that may have been wrong. The verse is only making a comparison, not giving a command to hack down as many people as possible with God’s Word.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

This is probably my more favorite view of the Bible these days. I really like how personal this makes God’s Word for me. My Lamp. My Feet. My Light. My Path.

And honestly, I really can’t go around hacking other people to pieces when I am looking for my next step, can I?!?

Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Paul is wrong. I’m just saying that at times I have forgotten the latter part.

…and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12b

That’s still God’s Word for me. My Judgment. My Thoughts. My Intentions. My Heart.

7 thoughts on ““Time Warp Cheating!”

  1. I have had many different feelings about reading the Bible. At a meeting, I once said “I force myself to read the Bible every day.” The lady in front of me said, “Well, I’d be ashamed of that. You should want to read the Bible!” Lol Well, I don’t, but God’s word is what my spirit needs each day in order to know him and to follow him.

    I have used the Bible as a sword, but as you say, the Bible should be a sword for MY heart. And it truly is. Most of the time now, I love reading it. I like what Joyce Meyer says, “Don’t just read the Bible, study it.”

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    1. Definitely wise advice from Joyce Meyer. I hope people will read your comment about the “I’d be ashamed of that” lady. That shows so much what is distasteful (at least the way I see it) in some (not all) Christian communities. Why embarrass someone like she did to you when you were just being honest? Maybe even asking for prayer, help, suggestions? Pretending gets us nowhere! But I’ve found that admitting things like this to be positive and helpful! (Did that lady by any chance look like “Flamethrower Mommy”?!?)

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      1. Lol No, she didn’t look as good! She was pretty old. I think she was disgusted with me. But I said what I did to show we don’t have to feel like doing a thing that is good for us spiritually. We can just do it.

        Well, it was people like her that made me decide to leave my church. When attitudes like that are the norm, there is no point in bringing your friends to church. My husband and girls all left before I did. Im looking forward to church in heaven. Now that will be amazing.

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