What I am getting at is, there is a creator of the universe and I believe that he is great and I am small. And there are things both in this world and in his Book that I never would have come up with. But my goal is that when we disagree on certain things, it is only right for me to surrender my opinions and desires to those of the eternal one. I read so much of this book that I disagree with, and we are all going to. The question becomes when you disagree with it, will you assume God is wrong or you are?
Before we get to what does this book say, if you disagree, would you still surrender to Almighty God? Thats the issue.
There are movements that suggest we need to learn Greek and Hebrew or study theology for years in college before we apply it.... but isnt most of the time that we cry "What does the Bible say about this" and "I dont understand that" that we are really just being stubborn and dont want to do what it says? Because I know personally that its hard to be willing to do whatever God asks, follow where ever he leads, love whoever you interact with and go above and beyond to make Christ known. It is.
You might not have liked what Ive said/implied so far, but that was me too. Growing up, my parents would take me to church sometimes, but I was against Christianity until I was 12 or so. At that point I realized there was a God and I remember praying to God him for hope and help because I had been in a very dark place. It wasn't a "I will follow you" prayer, but it was an acknowledgement that there was a god and I wanted him in my life. Step one, being humble. Then a year later, I was more ready to trust him and started making changes in my life. You know, not *saying* I repent, but deciding to live it out.
Its interesting because before that, I hadn’t spent time in Sunday school class or some little program to learn scripture. So when I found God I didn’t know how a Christian is “supposed to act” you know; the Bible never said eternal redemption required you show up for coffee once a week.... I just had me and my Bible and I read through it and it only made sense to start doing things it said. So God started turning things upside down in my life, starting a dramatic restoration of me.
Its hard because we grow up to serve God, but only when it fits in out plans. Even Job goes to God with this very question of who makes the rules and our God says "You're questioning me?? I created the universe and you are questioning me? My thoughts are up a here and you're are down there.... and how old are you again?" We don’t like this idea, and to an extent, you don't have to like what God says. in fact, the Romans hated Jesus so much that they hung their Creator.
But at the end of the day, nothing you do or say can keep the corpse of God in the grave. In Job everyone was trying to give him advice, everyone tries to reason about what is right or wrong in their eyes, but at the end of the book God has the final word. God is the most powerful, God is the solid rock. We look at things that happen, and they arent good from our perspective. But Job chooses to trust his Creator instead of doubting and we can too.
Sometimes we assume the strongest Christians are those who have been a Christian the longest, or know the most about the Bible. In reality its those who seek to know our Almighty God and trust in him and his ways as better than their own. And in this light, the Bible matters, even today in 2016, an awful lot.