I’m not an evangelical, but this true story is touching, told by Chuck Swindoll:
Back before the collapse of the atheistic Soviet Union, my friend John Van Diest represented the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association at the Moscow Book Fair. The authorities had granted them reluctant permission to hand out a limited number of Russian language New Testaments, and long lines of people waited in line to receive a copy. When the supplies were exhausted, one desperately disappointed man asked if he might have one of the empty boxes that had once held those Testaments.
“But there’s nothing in there!” John protested. “The Bibles are all gone!” With tears glistening in his eyes, the man replied, “Then I at least want the box.” The Bible was so precious to this man that he treasured the cardboard box that had held the Scriptures. May our eyes be opened to the astonishing privilege that is ours to hold the complete written Word of God in our very hands.
When one disobeys God, he has done foolishly, because in the long run he will only hurt himself. God’s commands are not arbitrary, but are uttered with man’s best interests in mind. Although Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days since Samuel was Yahweh’s prophet, it was the commandment of the Lord. God usually revealed his will through his inspired messengers, rather than through some direct, awe-inspiring method, in both OT and NT times. If one wishes to know his will, he should study the inspired writings which these messengers have left (cf. Eph. 3:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:14-17).
—J.T. Willis, First and Second Samuel, 138.
This is about as good as a site can get to offer just the Bible.
Literal Word exists to promote the Word of God and not much else. No ads. No frames. No logging in. No distractions. Simply the Word. We believe that the Bible contains the most important information that anyone could ever come across and that accessing it should be as easy as possible. This belief has driven every decision we’ve made designing Literal Word. World class literal translations (NASB and ESV) were selected for their faithfulness to the original languages. Each page of Scripture is clean, customizable, and shareable with a single click, allowing the reader to focus exclusively on the God-breathed content. Searches are simple but powerful, utilizing a unique visual interface for organizing results with surgical precision. It all comes down to the idea that a minimalist approach to an online Bible maximizes attention to the Word of God.
I’d love to see the NET Bible added here. I suggested it to them, but never heard back. But the format they offer is about perfect.
Check it out here.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Perhaps I should study its history for clues, but it seems incredible that the so-called Apostle’s Creed never mentions the Bible. How can you say what you believe without mentioning where you got your information? Has the creed (which is why I put it in this category) already moved to a stance on the part of the writers that because we say it you should believe it?
Using Jn 6.44 as his text, Ed Mathews wrapped up today’s devotional with this paragraph,
Why do people turn away? Matthew 23:37. They have so much to gain! They have nothing to lose! Their problem is threefold. (1) They evaluate Jesus in human terms. How could a carpenter be the Christ? (2) They argue among themselves. Are their opinions greater than the words of God? And (3) they resist divine kindness. Why do the lost reject the Savior? The decision is up to us, Jeremiah 31:3. He has already taken the first step. Now it is our turn.
The second point notes a great problem. Opinions take the place of revelation. We want to talk instead of listening. We preferring collecting, weighing and sifting rather than accepting and submitting.
Focus question: How can I make the word of God central to my understanding of Christ and to my faith?
Peterson makes no truth claims about the Bible, whether it is divinely inspired or accurately conveys historic events. In fact, he explicitly states on his website that the Bible is neither history nor empirical science. Rather, he unpacks the Bible as a guide to understanding Western cultural thought.
For example, Peterson’s lecture about the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve focuses not on whether such events occurred or their religious significance but rather on the story as a metaphor of the battle between chaos and order. Further, Peterson lectures extensively about the symbolic meaning of sacrifice in the Bible and its connection to the discovery of the future.
Peterson’s biblical lecture series would, I believe, pass the Supreme Court’s test as a constitutionally appropriate course of instruction in public high schools. His approach of the biblical narrative from a purely secular point of view does not encourage anyone to believe, or not, the stories as materially true.
Source: Jordan Peterson Shows How the Bible Can Be Taught in Public Schools
Surely there is a better way! The above approach is not objective. To say that the Bible is not history ignores all the evidence that it is accurate in every detail. “Western cultural thought” based upon the Bible took for granted the historicity of the Bible account. Can one not say at least that the Bible presents itself as an accurate record of God’s working in history?
Bread is first mentioned as being in the hands of the priestly king of Salem, Melchizedek:
Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) Gen 14.18.
There’s no connection of that with Jesus as the bread of life, but it seems most appropriate to note the first appearance of bread in the Bible.
On average, people search Google 52 times a day. How many times a day does the average person search the Scripture for answers to the most important questions of life?