Author Ronald B. Schwartz asked scores of well-known contemporary writers to name the books that influenced them most deeply. Their response ranged from the novels of Dostoevsky to the popular stories of Mark Twain. The works of Dickens, Shakespeare, and Faulkner were mentioned many times. But topping the list was the Bible. Why?
Perhaps because most writers want to deal with the “big questions” of life, and the Bible is the ultimate book for life’s big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a God? Does life have any meaning or purpose?
The pages of Scripture bring us face to face with ourselves, with God and with His grand design for our lives. The Bible, according to the late journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, is “the book that reads me.” The writer of Hebrews said, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrows, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
When we read the Bible, God speaks personally and powerfully to us about the big questions that matter most in life. – David McCasland
What is the meaning of life here on earth?
What is its purpose, and what is its worth?
God has the answers in His holy book;
That is the first and the best place to look. – Hess
The Bible is God’s answer book.
- July 3, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread