With the 2016 presidential election campaign shifting into high gear, religious issues are making their way into questions and answers of the candidates. One interesting remark was recently made by Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
"The Bible is special. The Bible -- the more you see it, the more you read it, the more incredible it is... I don’t like to use this analogy, but like a great movie, a great, incredible movie. You’ll see it once, it will be good. You’ll see it again. You can see it 20 times and every time you’ll appreciate it more. The Bible is the most special thing.”
I do not know if Mr. Trump is a believer in Jesus Christ. But his comment struck a chord within me. When I was in college, there were courses being taught as, “The Bible as Literature”. Some of these courses were taught by professors who were professed atheists or professed faith in a religion other than Christianity. I have no doubt that they presented a scholarly literary analysis of the Bible but I believe these courses missed the most important message of the Bible.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
Luke 24:44-45 (ESV)
The Bible is special. It is a great story, it is great literature. But it is much more. It is special because it is God’s Word. This Bible passage reminds us how it is only by the light and illumination of God that we are able to see the Bible as more than a work of literature or more than an incredible movie. The entire answer to life is contained within its pages. You will appreciate it the more you read it. But it is written for one reason alone, to bring you to salvation by leading you to confess and repent of your sins and ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.
The Bible is special. It is God’s Word. Read it, learn it, and believe it.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.