In a previous post I asked the question “why didn’t God write a book?”. One possible answer to that question came from a Quaker friend. He said that if God had written a book then man would have a relationship with a book and not with God. God want us to come to him not to a book about him. But that did not end my questions in this area. I still wonder what if God were to write a book what would it look like? Here are some of my conclusions about that. Of course I am painfully aware that I certainly don’t know the mind of God. That is something that man can never really know. Our minds are just too puny for that task. But that doesn’t keep me from speculating some of the possible answers to my questions. So here goes.
- If God were to write a book there would be absolutely no mistake that it was from God…. With our current written text know as the Bible theologians throughout the ages have constantly shown doubt about the authors of almost every book of the New Testament. We just can’t seem to decide, and there seems to be little evidence, of the true authors of the documents that make the Bible.
- There would be no hidden messages…. Compared to Him God knows we are all very simple minded people who need simple minded instructions on what God expects from us and what we can expect from God.
- It would be a book that is constantly changing…. ( I can just hear the jaws drop on this one 🙂 )It would be a changing book in that would it would give us different messages as we move along our road of life and our journey with Christ. It’s messages would be as clear to a four year old as they were to a life long follower of Christ.
- There would be no need for all the theologians around today… There are literally thousands of theologians around today to help us understand the Bible. But, one of the problems with that is that no two seem to have the same answers. So it depends on which is our favorite flavor of theologian as to what we think the Bible says. If God were to write a book this field of occupation would disappear. There would be no need for us to rely on others to know the meanings of a book written by God.
I believe that the Bible we currently use to try to understand the nature of God is an awesome collection of works. Yes, they do give us a basic understanding of the nature of God at least from the perspective of those who penned the words. And quite frankly, without that book we would be hard pressed to know much of anything about the mind of God. But being a book produced by inspired men and not God, the Bible is often misunderstood, misquoted, and misused. Being a collection of works written by different men at different times it is not a very unified document many pieces of text seem to say completely different things. If God had indeed written a book none of these problems would exist. It would be perfect as God is perfect.
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Servant, I also believe that the words Jesus spoke came from God and he and the father are one. Unfortunately I am not as convinced as you seem to be that the writers of the gospels were 100% accurate in relaying those words to us. Just look at when the same event is reported in each of the four Gospels and see that most frequently they show Jesus using different words. Did Jesus say the same thing four times or was this an error in putting the remembered words down?
Either way man’s hands are deep in the Scripture text.