Library Without Walls
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.” – Abraham Lincoln
A library without walls, the Bible, has withstood the tests of time and scrutiny. For the purpose of this writing, I refer to it as the library without walls because it was built, just as a brick and mortar library would be built, by man, over a period of time, and it consists of a series of books. Brick and mortar buildings, however, eventually will crumble, whereas the Bible, a collection of 39 books that constitute the Hebrew scripture, and the 27 books of the New Testament is nothing less than a book beyond the scope of mere men and has never crumbled. Consider that the 66 books in the library were written at different times (starting with Moses, probably around 1500BC, writing down his conversations with God) and under very different circumstances, and yet they completely and harmoniously compliment each other, and constitute a whole. While it is true that the books of the Bible have been arranged in their order by man, the words themselves in those books, while written by many different men, are of God.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 tells us: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Because all Scripture is of God (God inspired), we, as Christians accept that the writings of Scripture were canonical when the writer’s pen hit the parchment way back when. That’s important because Christianity doesn’t start by defining God, or Jesus Christ, or salvation. The basis of Christianity is found in the authority of Scripture. If we can’t identify what Scripture is, then we can’t distinguish any theological truth from error.
I’m no historian. Nor am I a theologian. Neither am I an astute student of the Bible. But, I do know this—in those dark years before I accepted Christ and His Word, my life was very different from what it is now. I wouldn’t know Christ, or of Christ, without the library without walls existing to show me the way to live and the promise of salvation. God is no less real than His inspired Word as contained in that library.