Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew About the Bible

A Book Review

Tim Parkman May 2022

The title alone may put you off this book, as someone who has been a Christian for sometime it is not a book I would naturally pull from the shelf to read. However, what the author does here is not to make a dumbed down walk through, but an informative and well through through reexamining of how we approach scripture and how we engage with it.

The 7 things he asks us to know when reading scripture are (sorry for any spoiler alert):

  1. The Bible didn’t fall out of the sky
  2. The Bible is divinely given and humanly composed
  3. Scripture is normative, not negotiable
  4. The Bible is for our time, but not about our time
  5. We should take the Bible seriously, but not always literally
  6. The purpose of scripture is knowledge, faith, love and hope
  7. Christ is the centre of the Christian Bible

Now, when reading that list you flinched, or pondered over one of them, may I encourage you to read this accessible book. Although I do not agree with every conclusion and comment he makes, the general flavour of the book is great. He takes some of the assumptions that we might have about the Bible and helps us to see it through a different lens. 

Have we considered the context in which a passage was written?
Have we thought about the style of writing?
Have we even thought about who it is being written to?
Have we too easily taken passages out of context and not seen the bigger picture?

This book is for anyone who wants to take their reading and understanding of the Bible seriously (I hope that is all of us) and is willing to just be shifted a bit in seeing how the Bible is divinely given, yet needing our God given minds to help interpret it for today.

Highly recommended!

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