If the Bible was still being written...

I’m always intrigued when I’m reminded of some of the background stories (context) behind the actual words of the Bible. John’s famous line “God is love” was born of out of a messy leadership conflict (1 John 4:8). Paul’s unifying dictum “you are all one in Christ” addressed social and racial tensions (Gal. 3:28). The book of Revelation wasn’t written to inspire a whole industry of apocalyptic ‘art’ (I use that term very loosely!), but addressed those first Christians who literally faced death for their decision to place Jesus as Lord. I could go on and on.

And really, we shouldn’t be surprised when we we’re confronted by such messiness. History, and our own lives for that matter, tells a story full of conflict and struggle. I take comfort knowing the themes of scripture arise from a world not unlike our own.

From this idea, a hypothetical question recently came to mind:

If the bible was still being written, which issues or stories would be addressed?

I’m not asking this to delve into issues of the closed biblical canon. I have a pretty strong confidence in the decisions made by the early church fathers in the first 300+ years of church history. No, I just think it’s an intriguing question. The Bible addressed specific places, people, and situations. I can relate to that. So, which people, places, and situations would be addressed today?

I’d love to hear your responses.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Bible was still being written, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", Martin Luther King, Jr.

David Warkentin said...

Yes, MLK Jr. is a good call - thanks!

in principio erat Verbum said...

If the Bible was still being written, I think Mother Theresa would be mentioned in it. She would perhaps be included in the Minor Prophets section.

David Warkentin said...

Mother Theresa - definitely! Why minor prophets? (which I think would be a good fit).

in principio erat Verbum said...

Throughout the Minor Prophets, you see God's call for His people to social justice. I think Mother Theresa most certainly embodied that call. =)

David Warkentin said...

"embodied" - very true!

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