logline for the Bible

We’re discussing THE REASON FOR GOD: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller in Sunday School right now. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it’s given me lots of tasty tidbits to chew on about the existence of God, evil in the world, Jesus’ suffering on humanity’s behalf…

Our “homework” for the first class was to summarize the Bible — in three minutes or less! — and to share it with the class the following week. Naturally, this glutton-for-punishment writer perked up at the challenge of writing a log line for such a book.

Three minutes? Pfft! I’ll see your three minutes, and do it in twenty-five words or less, too!

— a blueprint for people to learn and model unconditional love towards each other and all of God’s creation, on Earth and in the heavens above

It’s pretty clear to me that the power of the Bible lies within the very person reading it… each unique interpretation fuels our choices and reactions to every situation we’re in.

How would *you* summarize the Bible? And what does that summary say about your personal interpretation of it?


The above picture brings to mind Matthew 26:52:

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. (NASB version)

There’s so much violence and restriction in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. No wonder people are hesitant these days to associate themselves with an institution. If there was just one lesson to learn, could it be not how to react, but how to act lovingly from the very start?

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