Myth 1 – The Bible is Boring

 

Rich Mullins

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As I progress in my study of how to study the Bible I have run across many great insights.  One insight in particular I feel is so powerful that I just have to share it now.  Many people hold to some misconceptions about the Bible.  Though many might not admit it there are quite a few people that in a certain sense relate to this sentiment.  This sentiment, simply stated, is that the Bible is boring.   As R C Sproul puts it he has been asked on many occasions to make the bible come alive to which he responds “I didn’t know that it had died!”

The Bible is full of characters that are full of life.  In the biography of Rich Mullins, An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, James Bryan Smith records in the chapter entitled “Creed” some words written by Rich.

“The bible is not a book for the faint of heart – it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that befits mankind.  It is not a collection of pretty anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice. – It does not so much as nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone.  It does not give us answers fitted to our small minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask” – Rich Mullins
Just turn this over in you mind for a while, you may not be able to look at scripture the same way.
The Bible is Boring
Make the bible come alive; I didn’t know that it had died Sproul
Biblical Characters are full of life
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