The Bible has six authors that listed it in their top ten. Andrew Hudgins, Haven Kimmel, Erin McGraw, Richard Powers, Robert Pinsky and James Salter all listed it in their top ten.
From my first entry on Genesis, I have pasted a paragraph.
I know you’re probably wondering why the Bible is even important to you if you’re not Christian. Why it’s something that as a book lover, you should even be interested in. Andrew Hudgins wrote about this in The Top Ten. He points out that the Bible is a great story itself, also “The Bible is also the source of great stories, by geniuses from Dante to Dostoevsky, Faulkner to Thomas Mann, and the poetry of the Psalms echoes through great poetry from William Blake to Walt Whitman to T.S. Eliot”. He also says “”the greatest story ever told”, in the majesty of its telling and the power of its message, has taught an entire culture how to think about love, suffering, and transcendence, and it has fundamentally colored the language by which we talk about everything.” And this is why it’s important, even if not a believer.
So, now that I have the preliminary out of the way, let’s talk about the Gospels. These consist of the books of Matthew, Luke, Mark and John. The Gospels are the books that deal directly with Jesus and His life, death and resurrection. The virgin birth, which most people are aware of as a cultural reference even outside of a direct religious connotation, is only covered in two of the four Gospels, Matthew and Luke. These books also cover Jesus’s visit to the Temple at thirteen, where he has stayed behind. All of the books deal with Jesus as an adult, but different events or a different perspective on the same events. The parables of Christ, that of the prodigal son, the group that is without sin may cast the first stone and quite a few other recognizable ones from works of literature.
Also in the Gospels are words of Christ that tell us that where we fed the least of them, we have fed Him, and where we have written to those in prison who are suffering, we have aided Him, where we have clothed those in need, we have helped Him. It’s where Jesus says to turn the other cheek. It’s where he says to the disciples, “follow me” and they do.
It’s also where we see Jesus taken by the Romans, and beaten. He is then forced to carry His cross and is nailed upon it. Towards the end, He looks up to the heavens and yells “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”. It’s where when the Marys (yes, the infamous Magdalene and the Virgin Mary) go to clean Jesus body and to anoint it that they find the stone rolled away and Jesus gone. And an angel tells them that He has risen.
I often think that if people read the Gospels, and didn’t know Christians that make things seem different, more people would be Christian. Os Guinness (one of the Guinness beer family and theologian) says in the book “The Call” that the biggest threat to Christianity are Christians themselves.
It’s also where you see that as a Christian (if you are one) we should be helping others, in any way we can, and do so gladly.
There it is. The Gospels. Tune in next week when Dave returns with another entry!
Have a great week! Go to a pumpkin patch or something!