I Don’t Believe in the Bible
As we begin “Route 66: a Biblical Journey,” I need to confess that nearly twenty years ago I publically declared that I don’t believe in the Bible. During a sermon, I posed the question, “How many of you believe in the Bible?” And as expected, all those present raised their hands. Then I looked at the congregation and said boldly, “I don’t.” There were audible gasps.
After a long pause I said, “I don’t believe in the Bible. I believe in the God to whom the Bible points.” This little pulpit stunt led to several difficult conversations with parishioners, but it allowed a discussion about our loyalties. Is it to the Bible or a creed? Or is it to God, revealed to us in and through Christ?
People do not show up at the church’s doorstep to develop a relationship with a book. They want to experience God.
This is important to remember as we begin reading through the Bible in a year. We are not doing it to learn religious information or to develop belief in the Bible. We are doing it so that we can know and experience God.
Join us as we begin the Bible challenge and read through the Bible in a year. It starts on September 30!