Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Francis Schaeffer on Reading the Bible

A lot of the posts will probably be Schaeffer quotes. I've read Art and The Bible a few times, but am just getting into his main worldview trilogy - He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Escape from Reason, and The God Who Is There. This is a great quote about how spending time in the Scriptures provides a worldview correction - acts as a compass, if you'd like.

"The Bible teaches by showing how God works in the world that he himself made. We should read the Bible for various reasons. It should be read for facts, and it should also be read devotionally. But reading the Bible every day of one's life does something else - it gives one a different mentality. In the modern world we are surrounded by the mentality of the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system, but as we read the Bible it gives us a different mentality. Do not minimize the fact that in reading the Bible we are living in a mentality that is the right one, opposed to the great wall of this other mentality that is forced upon us on every side - in education, in literature, in the arts, and in the mass media." He Is There and He Is Not Silent pg. 68

I know I don't read the Bible every day, but this gives me even more reason to do so.



  1. I'm an atheist, but I agree that the Bible is worth studying. There are so many moral lessons to be taught, historical insights into a world we'll never know, and personal insights into the lives of believers. It's a good way to expose yourself to different viewpoints- even if you're a Christian, there are parts of the Bible that are inherently different from your own life. Just my two sense.

    1. Kirk: Thanks for the comment and for reading. Much appreciated.

  2. Interesting topic. I can't help but wonder if we've read the same book. If either of you gentlemen found any useful information in the Bible, please tell me (a) what it is (b) how you used it, and (c) what change resulted in your life.

    Thank you for your attention.

    1. Thanks for the comment and for reading John Paul. I appreciate it.

      From reading and thinking about your comment, it seems like we're looking at the Bible from two very different worldviews. So I will answer your question from my viewpoint, but I warn you that it probably won't satisfy you since your worldview (probably) doesn't take the same view of the sanctity of the Bible.

      Useful information. Well, from my reformed Christian viewpoint, the whole Bible is useful (2 Timothy 3:16-17). But it is beyond just useful. It is the divinely inspired Word of God, and should be a part of our (believers) everyday lives.

      For how I used it, I believe that the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of believers and uses the Word to change their hearts.

      And as for the change, well, the whole point of this blog is to look through every aspect of my life and see how the Spirit has used the Word to glorify God in me.

      Thanks again for the comment.