Listening to some Christians (and Christian preachers) you would start to believe that the Bible is so old and hard to understand that it isn’t worth the effort any more. I’ve heard scholars who seem to suggest that the Bible is nothing more than a set of historical documents that are interesting but offer nothing more. This attitude is usually followed up with a claim to a belief or practise that the Bible says is wrong.
However, despite the claims of some the Bible seems to be in pretty good shape to me. I still find that it speaks about situations that the modern world faces and that both as a preacher and a disciple I find there are often so many messages to take from it that it is hard to know where to begin.
I’m am also convinced that despite the obvious problems of language differences in translation and cultural differences in the stories there is usually a very clear message that shines through. Perhaps the real issue is that because we find the messages uncomfortable we like to claim we struggle to understand and use the language and culture as an excuse. I’ve never found the Bible that hard to understand.
Do you think the Bible is worth the effort?