Bible always must-read for those seeking clarity
By Clay Perkins
Saturday, May 5, 2018
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” — Psalm 119:103 (The Bible, New International Version)
They are wrong again.
What am I talking about? Recently, a tried and true “click bait” story deemed the Bible as one of 21 books you no longer need to read. The author has a national platform and, with elite condescension, calls the Bible repetitive and foolish, in addition to several other things. The implications are clear: no educated man or woman should bother to read this antiquated book. The author states that the Bible is rated highly by people who claim to live by it but who, in actuality, have not read it. Just search “21 books you no longer need to read” on your internet browser. It is an interesting list.
I predict that, just like those before who have cried “God is dead” or “the Bible is useless,” this author, too, will be wrong again. With all due respect, there are numerous reasons why the Bible is, and will remain, the most popular book ever in history and why each of us would benefit greatly from reading the Bible.
The Bible helps us understand history. From the beginning of mankind to the beginning of this nation, the Bible gives clarity. While containing historical accounts, the Bible is not primarily a history book; rather, its historical accounts give us a look into man’s nature. It shows that from the beginning, mankind has an embedded nature of freedom, free will and freedom of choice. Our nation’s founding fathers talked about certain truths being self-evident — that all men are created equal with the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This understanding, which still holds true, is found in the Bible.
The Bible helps us understand current events and humanity. All of life is a struggle. And if people are going to mess up, it will typically be with money, sex or power. There is nothing new under the sun. The Bible is full of real stories with real people dealing with their humanity. So whether the conversation today concerns abortion or the #MeToo movement, the Bible can bring great clarity. Even if your choice is to not believe the Bible is God’s Word — and God gives you even that choice — reading the Bible just out of curiosity will give you great insights into today’s headlines.
The Bible helps us understand ourselves. As you read the Bible, it will become clear who you are and how you, too, should live among your neighbors: Why are you here? What is your purpose? Why is there pain and suffering? Why do we celebrate? What happens after death? Why children? What is really important? What is priceless? The Bible covers life’s deepest questions.
I would imagine that this will not be the last time “they” are wrong. The Bible will remain a must-read for everyone. The Bible is worth your time. The Bible is to be read, studied, listened to, memorized, and used for meditation. Even if you do not believe the contents, it has great benefits. But to give you a fair warning, many have started a journey with the Bible as a devoted non-believer only to become a true believer. So be careful.
Years from now the Bible will remain a must-read for everyone who wishes to live the good life in a good society. And the Bible leaves a sweet taste in your mouth while it guides you to the right house.
Dr. D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.