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You Don't Have to Read the Bible

Leave your Bible on the bookshelf, where it belongs.

At least, that’s the recommendation of the editors at GQ Magazine, who listed the Holy Canon among the “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” The reason? The Bible is “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” That’s quite a list. 

As you could guess, reaction was swift. Rev. Franklin Graham tweeted that GQ “couldn’t be more wrong.” A Twitter user named Brian Houston noted that the Bible is “way more hip than GQ.” And Fox News contributor Todd Starnes suspected that “the highbrow editors at GQ Magazine would not know the difference between John the Baptist and Balaam’s Ass.”

I have a feeling that GQ was deliberately creating clickbait when they included the Bible in this controversial list. But even if they weren’t, it doesn’t matter.  The Good Book doesn’t need defending. Guinness World Records affirms that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed. This collection of history, law, gospel and prophecy has stood the test of time, and will continue to draw people to its pages long after GQ has closed shop. The reason? Perhaps Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard said it best: when one reads the Bible, it is though “it is talking to me, and about me.” 

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