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June 8, 2017

There's no shortage of Bibles.  Open the drawer of the nightstand in any hotel, and you'll find it.  When you search it in the app store, you'll get plenty of options to download.  Then why is there a disconnect with The Bible?  Why are there so many Christians that can post beautiful pictures with verses, but can't tell you the meaning behind it?


To quote Newsweek in their article - The Bible: So Misunderstood It's A Sin:


"Newsweek’s exploration here of the Bible’s history and meaning is not intended to advance a particular theology or debate the existence of God. Rather, it is designed to shine a light on a book that has been abused by people who claim to revere it but don’t read it, in the process creating misery for others. When the illiteracy of self-proclaimed Biblical literalists leads parents to banish children from their homes, when it sets neighbor against neighbor, when it engenders hate and condemnation, when it impedes science and undermines intellectual advancement, the topic has become too important for Americans to ignore, whether they are deeply devout or tepidly faithful, believers or atheists."


A book that has been abused by us who claim to revere it but don't read it, in the process creating misery for others.  OUCH!  This hurts, but the truth does!


They go on to quote a Pew Research poll from 2010 that states evangelicals ranked only a smidgen higher than atheists in familiarity with the New Testament and Jesus’s teachings.  


OUCH AGAIN!  But wait... it gets a little more hurtful.


Newsweek goes on to say: "They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words."


O U C H!!


To quote Newsweek one more time: "America is being besieged by Biblical illiteracy."


I know what you're thinking... Why is he doing this?  Isn't this suppose to be a motivational devo/write up meant to inspire me to follow Christ?  Yes, it is.  But sometimes for us to motivate we have to call it as we see it.  Refuting Newsweek on this is hard.  I'm guilty of this too until I made a choice.  I decided that I wasn't going to sit on the sidelines being a bench warmer.  I wanted in the game and not in the final 2 minutes just to run out the clock.  I want to be the captain of the team.  On the floor night after night leading my team to victory, but for me to do this, I had to train.  I had to put in the time to get better.  I had to study His word.  I had to understand who he is and why he did what he did.


There's nothing that God does that he didn't intend.  The Bible is packed full of this.  I can sit here writing line after line defending The Bible, but I'm not here to defend His works.  I'm here to spread His word, bring him the glory, and further His kingdom!


At Fully Packed we have a Statement of Faith.  Here is our stance on The Bible:


We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors.  As the inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in its original writing, contains the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and is the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.  Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


To go back to the Newsweek article - "They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians."  No more!  Take a stance today!  Join us in believing in all that it teaches, obeying in all that it requires, and trusting in all that it promises.


We're not saying to stop posting verses on social media.  We're saying, understand the scripture before you post it.  Read the entire chapter that the verse come from and then lead with some background information.  Motivate through education!  Share why this scripture is speaking to you today.  Tell them what God's will in your life is doing and how you're carrying it out.  Stop being God frauds and cafeteria Christians picking and choosing what feels right or "hits the spot" so to speak.  


We invite you to join us in reading The Bible from beginning to end.  Not as an accomplishment, but as a study.  Become the captain of your team and lead your team to victory in believing in all that it teaches, obeying in all that it requires, and trusting in all that it promises.


Stop by The Bible Project.  They have a great app, Bible reading plan, and a massive library of videos to help you better understand the stories.


If you'd like to join our weekly email please send your contact info (Name and Email Address) to David Wildman.  We send out the weekly Bible reading and videos associated with that week.  We do this in order to create a community.  It let's you know that you're not alone in studying His Word.  At anytime you can click on REPLY ALL and send your thoughts, questions, or comments about the reading and get a response!


Along with that we want to also invite you to join us in Biblical Foundation Training.  Yes, were an outdoor adventure ministry, but when we're not riding, hiking, or camping and building relationships we're taking people through Biblical Foundation Training.  Again, send us your Name and Email Address to David Wildman and we'll make sure you're the first to know about conferences and webinars!


Let's change the perception of cafeteria Christians and stop being Biblically illiterate! 


*Side Note: We're not saying Newsweek nailed it and neither does Newsweek say that either:


"So why study the Bible at all? Since it’s loaded with contradictions and translation errors and wasn’t written by witnesses and includes words added by unknown scribes to inject Church orthodoxy, should it just be abandoned?


No. This examination is not an attack on the Bible or Christianity. Instead, Christians seeking greater understanding of their religion should view it as an attempt to save the Bible from the ignorance, hatred and bias that has been heaped upon it. If Christians truly want to treat the New Testament as the foundation of the religion, they have to know it."


They pose some interesting questions and that's ok.  Let these question encourage you to dive deeper into God's Word and study what God was truly saying and not Our Translation of His Word to fit our lives.  


If at any time you have questions about God's Word please don't hesitate to contact us!


Thanks and God Bless!


David Wildman


This picture tells a story of how God can unite two guys with the same passion for bikes and spreading His Word through Biblical Foundation Training.  Matt (the guy on the left) and I (I'm the guy on the right) didn't know each other until I got a phone call one day back in 2013.  Since then we've ridden all over Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala together.  Discussing God, bikes, and how we can accomplish changing people's understanding of His Word.  It's been a crazy journey and it's only going to get more crazy!  I just hope it doesn't involve another visit to the Honduran Military Hospital!  Haha!  Another story for another day!



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