Last week GQ magazine released a list of 21 books you don’t have to read. The list focused on classical works of literature that they believed was overrated and haven’t aged well so people should no longer bother to read them. On the list were authors such as J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway but also included was the Holy Bible. This is what they had to say about the Bible “Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” Attacks like these are nothing new as the Bible has been under attack by opponents even as the books of the Bible were circulated individually. The Syrian despot Antiochus Epiphanes tried destroying all the Old Testament books, the Roman emperor in 303 A.D. decreed the burning of all Scriptures, and in 1229 a Catholic synod in France, declared it illegal for laity to own a Bible. The fact that the Bible has endured should be no surprise as we read in 1 Peter 1:25: “But the Word of the Lord remains forever.”
These attacks by opponents have not gotten rid of the Bible but like the attack by GQ they have also failed to lessen the message of the Bible. The Bible has proven the test of time and it still gets results in today’s world. The thing that GQ doesn’t understand is the Bible isn’t simply a book that man produced it is the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 describes how important the Word of God is, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” It is because the Word of God can still accomplish all of this and more that it is still the most relevant book to life in the world today.