Like a Manual

Therefore, put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow,if it is true that you have experienced that the Lord is good                                                                                                                                                                                          I Peter 2:1-3

In thinking about the Bible as a source of truth and wisdom, I have stated in past blogs that the Bible was never intended to be an explanation of the universe or a science book. It deals with human nature, relationships, moral codes, the virtue of laws, and it serves as a regulator of socially responsible behavior. It deals with all the things common to people, including our selfish nature, and the transformative power of a relationship with a loving God – about sin and redemption, and about hope.

I think of the Bible as like an Owner’s Manual. When we get a car, we also get an owner’s manual. Yes, I know, nobody reads the owner’s manual, but it is a pretty good idea to do it, because it really helps in determining how to extend the life of the car with proper maintenance, practical tips on how to do some simple fixes, and explaining what the proper measures are for tire pressure, the type and amount of oil to use, grade of gasoline, etc. It does not explain how the car was made, and indeed, I do not need to know how it was made. I just need to know that it was made, and that I am driving it, and how to maximize its life.

So it is with the Bible. It gives us very practical advice about relationships, how to treat other people, how to stay healthy in all ways, and how to find and maintain the most important relationship we will ever have- the one with our Creator.

The Bible gives us wisdom- if we read it. Remember the Owner’s Manual thing?

Yeah, like that.  

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your words to us- the words of life and health, Amen.

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