Prepare yourself for something that should be shocking, but isn’t…
GQ magazine has created a list of 21 books you don’t have to read, and checking in at number 12? The Bible. Like I said, it should be shocking, but it’s not.
The reason it’s not something that surprises us is because we have seen the slow (and more recently, the rapid) descent of our society into moral ambiguity and ethical subjectiveness. Years ago we had a respect for the holy things of God and the Church; today we use any excuse to explain away the values the Creator has passed down to us through His Word. We used to stand in reverence; now we yawn in boredom and mockery. The article from GQ is simply reflecting the collapse of our moral foundation.
Let’s make two observations:
1) The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, and it’s not even close. According to Guinness World Records, the Holy Scriptures have been printed more than 5 billion times. Additionally, the Bible has been printed in at least 349 languages, and 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in their tongue. The numbers staggering. So even if you were a God-hating, Judeo-Christian despising humanist, as the authors over at GQ appear to be, the Bible is MANDATORY reading for any student of religious, civic, moral and world history. To avoid it intentionally is the equivalent of joining the Flat-Earth society after you’ve been on a trip to the moon.
2) GQ writes “The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it.” That’s the initial argument they make for not reading it. Let me put that in layman’s terms: We don’t like that so many people value the Bible, so instead of laying out our problems with the truth of the book, we will attack the character of those who read it.
The validity of the Bible is not determined by the faithfulness of readers. Truth is truth, even if GQ disagrees with it. For that matter, truth is truth even if your local pastor, rabbi, or Bible study group disagrees with it. One of the reasons we are seeing such a strong determination by secularists to fight the Scriptures is because it’s the Bible that exposes our sinfulness. When we read the words of truth, they convict us, and we have a choice: repent and change, or deny and attack.
GQ has chosen the second option. Let’s pray the American public takes the first.
By the way, in case you’re interested in seeing the rest of their sanctimonious tally, check out the list of books to avoid below:
1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
3. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
6. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
7. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
8. John Adams by David McCullough
9 & 10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
11. The Ambassadors by Henry James
12. The Bible
13. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
14. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
17. Life by Keith Richards
18. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
19. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
20. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
21. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift