I’m wrestling with an idea at the moment. The idea is simple but has grand implications. What if the Bible was not written for me? I have to admit. I did not come to this thought on my own. Right now I am reading Matt Chandlers new book “The Explicit Gospel.” I have to be honest, I don’t understand why Christian’s are not getting as uptight about this book as we did about a certain book about hell that came out a few months ago.
In his book Chandler is shaking the very foundation of most of modern-day evangelical teaching. The idea that all of the Bible is written to guide and direct our lives. That we are the supreme completion of God’s creation, and at the end times we will be glorified.
Chandler sums up his point very well with one sentence, “What if the Bible isn’t about us at all? What if we aren’t the story of God’s revelation?” He contends that the end result of God’s revelation is to bring glory to himself. He backs this claim up with not a few scriptures.
Ex. 14:4, 18
John 7:18; 17:4
1 Cor. 10:31
1 Peter 4:11
2 Thess.1:9-10 etc.
This is a radical idea to me that has many implications, and I’ll list just a few.
1) It means that God’s ultimate desire is not our salvation but his glory.
2) It means that we do not exist to be loved by God, but to love God.
3) It means that the Bible was not written as a road map for our lives, but as a book that shows who he is and why we should worship him.
This is vastly different from the, “You are the supreme end of God’s creation.” “The Bible is a road map to life,” and “You exist because God loves you.” teaching that I have heard and quite openly admit that I teach sometimes.
I understand that this is not the means to the end of Chandler’s book, but I do believe that this is a radically different teaching than what we are accustomed to, and as such it should be evaluated. So what do you think?
Was the Bible created for you and I?