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The Bible: Not Just an Instruction Manual

If I were to ask several different Christians the question, “What is the Bible,” I am likely to receive several different answers. One particular answer I have heard often of late and has gotten me thinking is that the Bible is God’s instruction book for us. On the face of it, I cannot totally disagree. Scripture certainly does contain a wealth of knowledge and wisdom pertaining to our lives and happiness. 2Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Teaching, reproof, correction, and training certainly fit into the idea of an instruction book. However, I am convinced this simplified explanation sells short, misses the mark, and grossly distorts what the Bible is. Continue reading

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