The most popular and perhaps the most controversial book of all time is the Bible. Written by 40 human authors over a period of approximately 1,500 years, the living words were inspired by God himself. The main character is Jesus, whose historic life, death and resurrection changed the world forever and whose influence keeps growing globally in spite of fierce opposition.
There are over 450 translations of the Bible in English alone and we all have our favorites. Most of the older generation seems to appreciate the King James Version probably because that’s what they have used most of their lives and feel it’s the closest to the original manuscript in terms of translation.
Most contemporary believers would go in for the NIV, NLT, ASV, ESV, Passion, AMP and Message versions because it’s easier to read and understand. The Bible is readily accessible now more than ever thanks to the digital versions which can be downloaded for free.
Regrettably, some people have not had the chance to experience God through the Living Word probably because of their geography or sheer aversion to faith in general. Most people have misconceptions about the Bible and so don’t want to have anything to do with it. They rather prefer to read the Bible through the lives of those of us who claim to believe in it. Unfortunately, some of us are giving them more than enough reasons never to touch one.
Some Christians only call themselves such when it suits them or when it’s cool to say so but reject its words when it goes against their desires. Believers are Christ’s representatives on earth and whether we accept it or not, the role is as literal as it gets.
We may not be perfect but we should be growing in the faith; not stagnant. If we believe that we are saved by grace and alive by God’s mercy, then we should be extending grace and mercy towards our neighbors. Whatever we believe about God’s nature be it goodness, kindness, forgiveness, patience, love, faithfulness etc. should be made evident in our day-to-day lives.
Thus, if we are what we read and profess, what does your version say about God? Is God forgiving or vindictive according to you? Is He generous or stingy? Is He full of love and power or fear and bitterness? Is He a peacemaker or troublemaker? Is He honest or a cheat?
This life isn’t about us; it’s all about Jesus – the One who died a painful and shameful death so we might have eternal life in glory.
If we truly love God, then what people think about God because of us would be a matter of utmost priority.
God is Love in Josephine’s Version; who is He in yours?
© Josephine Amoako 2020