have you ever thrown away a Bible? i have. what do you do with old Bibles?
there's been various times in my life that we'll be moving, or cleaning out a bookshelf, or i just got a new Bible and that question comes to mind. "what do i do with my old Bible?"
on the one hand, i completely believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. i grew up taught to respect and honor the Bible. and i can almost imagine God sending down a lightning bolt to strike at the person who would toss it into the garbage along with everything else.
but on the other hand, what makes those physical pages any more sacred or holy than any other paper. let's say in that same publishing factory a roll of paper is used to print Bibles and then also used to print an order of children's books. is the paper the Bibles are printed on holy, and if so is the roll of paper it came from still holy, thus making the children's books holy too?
but i can also hear my mother saying, "you know you could give that Bible away to someone who really needs it or is unable to afford one." and although that may be true. some one could cross our paths that is in need of a Bible and then we would have one to give them. but shouldn't we care enough for a new believer enough to give them a "brand new" Bible of their very own, instead of our used hand-me-downs? i mean really, aren't they worth purchasing a "starter" Bible for them. instead we try giving them something that either we didn't feel was in good enough condition for us to use, the language was too antiquated for us to understand, or was simply forgotten for lack of use?
starter Bibles come for as cheap as $5, would be brand new, and show we care enough to invest in them.
finally, are the physical pages of a Bible really to be honored and revered? isn't the Word of God living and active? shouldn't it be written on our hearts? in think my point here is that if we take "honoring the Bible" too far we flirt with turning the book into an idol or sacred relic instead of the very Words of God.
just to be clear, i'm not advocating dishonoring the Bible. or tearing it up in defiance of the One who wrote it. i'm simply saying i think there are times that books get used and have served their usefulness and it's time to throw it away, move on, and get a new one.
what do you think? do you think i'm right? do you think lightning is going to strike me at any moment?
// today i'm thankful for:
1. my new job
2. deb's 30 1/2 birthday today!
3. beautiful sunsets
4. beautiful daughters
5. new seasons