A fellow blogger who happens to be a Quaker asked an interesting question recently. It was
“Why didn’t Jesus write a book while he was on earth and settle this thing once and for all?”
I know Jesus, like most of the twelve apostles was probably illiterate but I’m sure he could have written a book if he thought it was important. Why didn’t he choose to do that? As my friend said a book directly from Jesus would, or at least should, have settled all the many many current day differences among us Christians. I have wondered about this many times.
We currently rely on a book finally assembled four hundred years after the fact that was written mostly by the apostles or their representatives to tell us the things of Jesus. Of course there were also those like St. Paul who had no direct relationship with Jesus but was instead inspired by a miraculous act to write what he did. Many of the early church fathers, meaning those in the first one hundred years, also recorded their opinions, inspired or otherwise, of what they thought Jesus meant for us to do. But most of those writing were not chosen by the council who put together our Bible to be included. It seems we have many second or third hand words about Jesus in the Bible and other documents but none directly from Jesus himself. Why didn’t Jesus write something himself?
My Quaker friend imagined God’s answer to his question to be this:
“I desire a direct spiritual relationship with all men… if my son had written a book… then all men would have a relationship with a book and not God”
I can’t imagine a more apt response from God than what my friend proposed! Jesus wants us to have a direct relationship with God. How much simpler could that be! It seems that today many put the book called the Bible above their relationship with God himself. While the book does give us valuable information about Jesus and God it should never be thought of on the same level as God. To do so would be to treat the book as an idol. And of course most of us know what God thinks of idolatry. Enough said..