Tuesday, September 27, 2005

100 Minute Bible: Friend or Foe?

There is now a condensed version of Scripture that claims it can be read in less than 100 minutes. It is known as the 100-minute Bible. While I am sure the motivation for such a work was pure, wanting to get the Bible to a "my way right away" culture, the end result is tragic. There are precious promises connected to the Word of God, such as Psalm 19:7, "The Law of the Lord is perfect restoring the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple." There are many other verses like this one speaking of the power of God's Word (2 Timothy 3:15-17, Isaiah 55:11). So, when we pare down the Bible we have removed that which God has placed there to "restore the soul." That is why we need accurate translations of God's Word that seek to preserve the original language both in its content and style.
Now, to be fair, summarizing Scripture is not necessarily a bad thing. But, to call that summary "Scripture" or the "Bible" is misleading. So, do not be fooled by the promise of the "100 minute Bible." Reading it will simply fill your head with some knowledge, while God's Word (without deletions) can restore your soul. Let us not forsake such promises for the sake of expediency!