A Book About Our Broken World

In Paul Tripp's book Broken-Down House, he points out that the Bible is a book that is real and realistic in its portrait of the world.

I am more and more persuaded that when we characterize the Bible as a book about spirituality, we do it and ourselves a disservice. The Bible is not a higher-plane tome about some mystical life of spiritual devotion. It does not teach blissful separation from the brokenness of everyday life. No, the Bible is a book about this world. It is a gritty, honest book. When we read Scripture, we face the world as it actually is, in big-screen, high-def detail. God doesn't pull any punches. He doesn't paint over any cracks. He doesn't flatter or avoid. There is no denial of what is real and true.

The sights and sounds of the Bible are familiar. They are the sights and sounds of the very same broken world you and I wake up to every day. Dirt and smoke are on every page. You can't read very far without your nostrils and eyes being assaulted by the acrid air of a world gone bad. Let's be straight here, the world of the Bible stinks in many ways.

Why is this significant? Because if the Bible is honest and true about the brokenness of life, then we should at least consider that it can be trusted for the hope of healing and restoration that God has to offer through Jesus Christ. So we encourage you to read the Bible and check out its message for yourself.

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