What passes for pastoral sermons these days all too often amounts to little more than biblical interpretation. Preachers, pastors, priests, etc. stand in their pulpits, having built an entire sermon around a segment or segments of the bible, and explain what it means. I’m sorry, but that seems kind of trite to me.
The bible is a history book. It is the history of the Jewish and Christian faiths. It covers approximately 4,000 plus or minus years. Let’s not include “Genesis” it is truly a work of fiction. Let’s just talk about the rest of this history book. Blasphemy you say? No, not really if you really examine it. Do we worship the bible? I am quite certain I never have and never will. Why should I? It is not sacred, it merely pretends to inform us of the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ.
In some printings it is titled the Holy Bible, in others it is just the Bible. Very often (but not always) the words “inspired by God” are included in many printed versions. How does the publishers know this? They weren’t around thousands of years ago when the words were written. This is just an example of a publisher’s selling tool. Also the words
“According to”” as in the gospel according to is yet another publisher’s selling tool. Those words were added in the last 50 years. Don’t believe it? Just look at a really old version of the bible and see what you find there.
In truth, the bible is the best selling book ever to hit the world wide market. Tons of money have been made from its sales. I’m sure tons more will be made in the future, but none of it will come from me. I only worship & acknowledge God, not any book, not even the “Holy Bible.”