The Bible Unveils Rich Literature to Us
The Bible contains epic stories, profound poetry, and a compelling narrative
In my continuing series of why I love the Bible, here’s reason number 10. The Bible is classic literature, that transcends the ages. The Bible has withstood the onslaught of time and the attacks of its detractors, who have sought to destroy its existence.
A big portion of the Bible reveals history to us. These grand accounts tell us the story of people, with their faith and their faults propelling them forward. We see great accomplishments in the face of pressure and formidable odds, things that seem beyond our abilities. We also see some epic failures, of people making terrible decisions under questionable motives, mistakes that we would certainly never do ourselves.
These accounts teach us, warn us, and entertain us.
Consider some of the tales that virtually everyone knows, even those who have never picked up a Bible:
- Adam and Eve, along with the serpent
- Cain and Abel
- Noah and the ark
- Moses and the Ten Commandments
- Samson and Delilah
- Father Abraham
- Lot and his wife at Sodom and Gomorrah
- Queen Esther and the king
- David and Goliath
- Jesus, the star of the show, with his teaching, his followers, and his crucifixion
- Armageddon, the end of the world
Most everyone knows of these tales and can recite key elements. Movies bring these stories to life, with bold color, amazing special effects, and a grand musical score. These accounts permeate our culture and our awareness.
The Bible also contains wisdom literature, an ancient poetry that teaches us what is true and wise. We read these sections for guidance and encouragement. These principles are also scattered throughout our reality, sometimes as pithy one-liners.
The Bible also contains some forward-looking sections, prophecies of what will come, some of which have since occurred and some of which we still anticipate. These accounts captivate our mind with intrigue and wonder. These other-worldly allusions send our imaginations soaring and fill us with awe. Some people study the Bible as the Word of God, and others read it as literature. Click To Tweet
The Bible contains so much great literature, well worth our time to explore it.
Some people study the Bible as the Word of God, and other people read the Bible as literature. Both approaches have value. Read the Bible. Start today.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.