Why I Almost Tore Up the Bible

In my message yesterday there were audible gasps in the room as I grabbed my Bible to tear a page out. People were mortified that I would treat the Bible in such a way.

Now I didn’t tear the page out. (Everyone can relax.)

I was illustrating how many people tend to purposely ignore scriptures they’re not comfortable with. If not literally, we in essence tear pages out of our Bible by choosing what we’ll live by and what we’ll ignore. We create a collection of scripture that we’re comfortable with by avoiding passages that deal with topics we don’t understand or that speak to sin that we’re holding on to, thus creating our own bible. But, If you believe that the Bible holds the words of God you must submit to those words.

Read 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV):

 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  

This breaks the heart of God when we are more concerned about whether a page gets torn out of the Bible than we are about applying the very words on the page. Having the Bible in many forms: in print, on screen or by audio is a gift to be sure, but the greatest gift of scripture comes from the fruit of actually believing and acting on His words.

I’d love to hear from you. How is God’s word shaping your life? What are your thoughts on this post?