The Folio Society, a London based publisher of beautifully crafted hard copy editions of the world’s best literature, announced this week that a British poll voted the Bible to be more valuable to humanity than Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The reason—the British public believes the Bible “contains guidelines on how to be a good person.”
I’m pleased to see the Scriptures making a comeback among British readers. But I’m not convinced that most people see its value when it comes to where we look for standards of how to be a good person. The Bible is God’s story, the world he created, and what he did to rescue it at a great cost to himself
so that we can be good people in his sight.
Yet there’s no such thing as a really good person. Let me explain.
We know lots of people who devote their lives to helping others and are involved in philanthropic causes, but according to God, unless their heart motive is perfect like his, they’re efforts aren’t making them good.
“All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:12 ESV
That might come as a shock, but if you see it from God’s point of view, it makes perfect sense.
As a parent, God expects his children to bear the family resemblance. But we all miss the mark to one extent or another. So we’re all in big trouble. That’s why we need to embrace God’s solution which comes in his Son Yeshua (Jesus). He rescued us from sin and folly by living a perfect life for our sakes and then dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins. The very God who made the heavens and the earth and called them good is the same God who came to rescue what he had created. He could have balled it up like a bad blueprint and thrown it away and started over, but he didn’t. Instead he sent Yeshua (Jesus) to fix the bad and pave the way for us to be good by coming into relationship with him.
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by my name, you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 ESV
You can dedicate a lifetime to becoming good by your standards. But only God can clear your record and make it good. And he offers it to you as a free gift.
So do read the bible. As the Folio Society says, it has great value And as you do, pay close attention to the God who is good and wants you to look like him.
Talk to me.