“God, however, cannot be downloaded as can the reams of information we have at our fingertips from the Internet. Acquiring information is one thing. Understanding it is another. Learning to become wise by incorporating that information into a framework of understanding, and doing so before God, is yet something else. This, like many other things of value in life, takes time. There are no shortcuts here. Instantaneous knowledge from the Internet is one thing. Learning to know God is quite different. The knowledge of God is, in fact, a lifetime pursuit, not some instantaneous download. God has made himself known in Scripture, but we need to learn how to walk with him through life in the light of what we known of him. This journey never ends until, like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, we finally cross the great river and are welcome to the shores of eternity and the presence of God . Can we, then, set aside the impatience that the Internet tends to breed, and the habits of being distracted which our highly compacted modern lives create, in order to focus on what really matters?
“I am confident we can.”
David Wells, God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 38.
I love it when someone rethinks an old convention. Adam Lewis Greene has done that with his new printing of the Bible. The project is called Bibliotheca. And the goal is to produce a Bible that is physically and typographically elegant and beautiful and therefore more enjoyable to read.
Check out his pitch video. You will quickly get sucked into the vision for the project.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a four volume Bible? Would the change in formatting help you read the Bible? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Update: This project is catching the attention of many. Here are some thoughts from others:
“Let me share with you a realistic goal. There are too many pastors who never do any reading. That goal is too low. There are also seminaries that recommend that we must spend every morning in study. That goal is too high. We need a realistic goal, and I say to pastors that every pastor could manage one hour of reading a day. In addition we ought to manage a morning, afternoon or evening every week, that is to say, a longer period of about four hours. One hour a day and one session a week is about ten hours in the week. We ought to be able to manage one book in ten hours, and one book a week is fifty or more a year. I really think that this is a reasonable target to set for oneself.”
John Stott, Problems of Christian Leadership, (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2014), 36-37.
“[W]hen we assume the Gospel instead of clarifying it, people who profess Christianity but don’t understand or obey the Gospel are cordially allowed to presume their own conversion without examining themselves for evidence of it – which may amount to nothing more than a blissful damnation. Our ministries are ultimately about ‘ensur[ing] salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you’ (1 Tim. 4:16).”
Mark Dever and Paul Aelxander, The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005), 43.