In another thread Pocohombre asked me “Do you see it as a love letter to…you.” The following is an excerpt from a lesson I developed from several resources for a Catholic information class.
The word bible means “book” (singular), the bible is in fact seventy-two different books. The bible has many different authors and times and in many different literary styles and forms: HISTORY, PARABLES, POETRY, PROPHECY, DRAMA, PHILOSOPHY, LETTERS, VISIONS, PROVERBS, SONGS, LAWS, AND MUCH MORE.
Most essentially the Bible is a story, unlike the holy books of other religions, the Bible’s basic line is a story line. It narrates real events that really happened to real people in real history. The persons involved here include the three most important Persons of all: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is "Stories” of God’ It is also stories about us, about our relationships with God and each other. It is the horizontal (man-to-man) and vertical (man-to-God) relationships meet here and form a cross. It is a** love story**, because it is history, and history is “His story”, and He is love. Love is God’s plan and purpose in all that He does. The story unfolds in three acts, which theologians call creation, fall, and redemption. Every story ever told fits this pattern, because this is the basic pattern of all human history.
Reading the bible should be a form of prayer. The Bible should be read in God’s presence and as the unfolding of His mind. It is not just a book, but **God’s love letter **to you, it is God’s revelation, It is God’s mind, operating through your mind and your reading.
Reading it is aligning your mind and will with God’s, so your reading is your response to His mind and will. It is a fulfillment of the prayer "Thy will be done”. We should challenge ourselves to put aside fifteen minutes a day to use this fundamental aid to fulfilling the meaning of your life.
Both prayer and Bible reading are ways of listening to God. They should blend: our prayer should be biblical and our Bible reading prayerful.
The books of both Old and New Testaments are divided into three main categories; History, wisdom, and prophecy. Its history books are more than records of the past they tell us truths that are just as true and operative for the present. The wisdom books tell timeless truths that are not just for the present time but for all times. The prophets do not merely foretell the future, but “forth-tell” God’s truth for all times.
Thus the Bible encompasses past, present, and future. The whole Bible is God’s permanent prophet continually telling forth the truths we need to know to guide our road on earth to a happy eternity.
So to answer Pocohombre’s question…YES And thanks Pocohombre for asking this question and letting me get this out for all to read.