The Publisher's Desk: Is the Bible worth reading? GQ says no.

Even in a small town, there are plenty of people who don’t believe in the Bible. 

Some people call it old. 

Some people call it racist or sexist. 

Some people have had bad things happen and so they don’t trust God or the Bible. 

So I’m sure there were some in town who agreed when GQ recently named the Bible one of 21 books not worth reading.  

I can understand all of those viewpoints — at different times in my life I’ve had some of those same thoughts. 

So has the novelist Jesse Ball, who wrote about the Bible in GQ. 

“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it,” Ball wrote in the magazine. “Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”

I would guess that most people have doubted their faith or the Bible at some point or another. 

It’s a crucial step in making your faith your own. If you have never doubted, odds are your faith is built on something other than the Bible — maybe your parents or your preacher. 

And I agree, at a cursory glance, the Bible appears to have contradictions. 

But a close study actually reveals it doesn’t. 

If you look outside the Bible at its ancient manuscripts, you find more evidence of an accurate, complete work than any other ancient work. 

The Bible is found trustworthy whether you consider it from within the texts or from its historical evidence. 

The Bible even speaks for itself on the matter. 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Hebrews 11:1]

And the Bible has so much to offer — it has the power to lead us to salvation (Romans 1:16), to teach us how to deal with life’s problems, to comfort us and to give us hope for the future, both in this life and the next. 

Maybe you’ve read it and have not found those things. 

I encourage you to look again. I’ll be happy to look with you. Just give me a call.

Maybe you’ve read it, but it’s been awhile. 

I encourage you to look today. It has something for us every day. 

Maybe you’ve read it, but you’ve stopped applying it. 

I encourage you to pick it up again. Its lessons never grow old. And one of the greatest proofs of the Bible is seeing that its lessons, when applied, work. 

GQ is certainly entitled to its opinion — life is hard, and I get how the conclusion is made. 

But I believe life is much harder without the Bible. It is worth reading. Please give it a chance. 

Scott Dykowski is the publisher of the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and

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