Y’know, I believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
I believe it is inerrant and perfect.
So why do I “like” some parts of it better than others? I have a nagging feeling that this reveals a shortcoming of mine rather than anything about the Bible.
Is it a sin that I can’t turn off the internal book critic in my head when I read the Bible? I have a feeling it probably is.
I’m following a Bible reading plan — a long one, that promises to guide me through the entire Bible in a year. Today’s reading was in Exodus: all the Plagues that God brought upon Egypt. Frogs, flies, snakes, gnats, locusts … yikes! I had to take a break.
I just didn’t want to be reading about frogs and plagues that kill all the Egyptians’ cattle tonight. I was really in the mood for something uplifting and profound about God, not death and destruction.
Do I get to have preferences in studying the Bible? Or do I need to cultivate a mature acceptance of, and eagerness to study, all God’s Word? What can I get out of plagues and genealogies?
Inquiring minds want to know…