Yep, I’m going to grant them a point with this little meme. Congratulations, evangelizing atheists, you scored a hit! You totally sunk my battleship.
Just keep in mind that while the Titanic is so melodramatically sinking, I actually have Someone to sing praises to while the violins play and people are busy rearranging deck chairs….
So, the Christians are completely without excuse here, too. People actually died, they gave their very lives so that everyday, ordinary people in the modern world, could have free, unrestricted access to bibles of their very own.
There are many versions available, too. I prefer the KJV…..but I also kind of enjoy the Passion Bible, too. Regardless, they all pretty much capture the same concepts, although some are better than others. If you can’t really read, you can actually have the bible read to you by this guy with a wonderful Scottish brogue. I kid you not, you can pick the version, the accent you enjoy, even the language you speak.
I really am quite firm about this. Who is totally responsible for your faith? You are.
Not your pastor. Not your “bad” church. Not other Christians who are allegedly doing it all wrong. Not even God Himself. What I mean by that is that rejecting faith and blaming God for it because you disapprove of Him and His ways, is like, a bunch of baloney. If you had even the tiniest understanding of His ways, you’d actually run right towards Him, head first and tripping over yourself trying to get there.
Christians are not called to be members of a book club in which no one has ever read the book. Faith is not like 7th grade English class. We aren’t trying to fake our way through a book report. That is why most pews have bibles. Most pastors quote scripture. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We actually call both Jesus and the bible itself, “The Word.” It’s really important that you pour the word of God all over yourself. He will call those scriptures right back into your brain when you really need them the most.
To not be familiar with the bible is kind of like not speaking the language in a foreign country. It can be done but if you have a choice about it, you should really try to learn the language. I can often tell rather quickly whether or not someone speaks the language.
There are even people I don’t like very much, but I do recognize they are still speaking the language. It’s not something you can do by rote, either. You can’t just quote scripture, it has to have some context and evidence of transformational power within you.
One of my favorite misquotes is actually from Matthew 4:9, “and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Yeah, that’s actually just Satan tempting Jesus. How does Jesus respond over and over again in that chapter, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written”…for it is written..for it is written…for it is written…
It is possible to misunderstand what you read. Scripture is a bit like peeling an onion, too. It reveals treasures layer by layer, “..precept by precept, a little here, a little there….” So find a bible study, go to church, get with others.
I don’t wish to shame or condemn Christians who haven’t read the bible, I just want to give you a kick in the pants. Without it you are just like, completely unarmed, vulnerable, unable to speak the a language, and prone to become nothing but a chew toy for the enemy. I don’t “hate you” at all, I just hate seeing you so defenseless.
Also, you just cost me a point in my game of battleship here! Not that I really care about such things as games and winning debates, nor do I mind a chance to practice my death throes and melodramatically sink to the ground in front of a bunch of evangelizing atheists. Actually I rather enjoy singing out, I am slain, slain, I tell you…..alas, parting is such sweet sorrow…
Who is totally responsible for your faith? You are. Get on that.