I Sam.3: …And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
We live in a day where Bibles are printed by the millions. The come with all kinds of colors and textures. They come with large or small print. They come with notes and concordances. They come with maps and indexes. They come with men’s names on them. They come in all sizes and with protective coverings. They are bought as gifts or to add to your collection. Would it be safe to say that almost every house where even one person goes to church, and some where no one does, has more than one Bible? I am speaking of America.
Men place their hand upon a Bible to be sworn into public office including the Presidency. Many have a family Bible as an heirloom. Secular bookstores sell Bibles by the scores. Christian bookstores with engrave your purchased Bible for free. The Bible is the greatest selling book of all time.
And yet there are parts of the world where true believers do not have Bibles. They must rely on a minister to read from his and sometimes he himself does not have the entire Bible. Although the number is being reduced, there are still some languages and dialects without the Bible translated into their own language. For these and others the Bible is indeed rare.
Everything we know about Jesus we have gleaned from the Bible. There are no longer any living people who walked with Him upon this earth. Everything we know about His teachings and how we should live is only in the Bible. Our entire belief system is built upon the Bible. Even our so called interpretations should be predicated upon the Scriptures. Without the Bible we could only make things up as best we can, and considering the massive differences we have already our faith would be useless.
But the Scriptures are not just information. Jesus said His words were life and they are spirit. That makes the written words of Scriptures different than any other written words. This is a great mystery but filled with glory nonetheless. Now an unredeemed sinner cannot understand the Bible except as it pertains to who Jesus is. The Spirit of God can use Scriptures to open a lost heart and enlighten that sinner as to Jesus being the Savior and Lord of the entire world. That is exactly how I came to Christ. In fact, after I was born again it took a while before I understood much of the Bible but the Holy Spirit was a patient guide and teacher.
The Scriptures are no longer received as the Word of God. They are now sermon material, good advice, stories with lessons, Judeo-Christian ethics, and something to defend against unpatriotic enemies. And that is the reason why they no longer change people, because in the end, all those things are just unbelief.
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Where is that hunger in the American church? It is gone now. The Bible is just the best selling book but it is not treated as God’s Word.