Like anybody else, I enjoy a good story. I enjoy it any way it is presented, form a painting to a motion picture, from a book to friends telling me something exciting that happened to them. Stories have the ability of taking us away from wherever we are to the point of view of the characters in any place set by the story. Though this is probably the main reason we love to participate in hearing stories it is probably not the most impactful thing that happens to us when we take part in a story. Even if we do not realize it, stories have the incredible ability of allowing the participant to empathize with the author. This empathy allows all of us to see the world though the author’s eyes and understand the author’s life from his or her point of view. Every emotion felt throughout a story is one the author wanted to share and thus makes every situation in a story a metaphor for the author’s life.
Now with that said, I believe that God has written the Bible by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s story to us and though the events may be factual, they are told from His point of view. Every emotion from the Bible tells us how God feels in each situation. These emotions however, can be easily missed when we focus on the details. There is so much literal meaning in the Bible but if we forget that God is trying to show us how he feels, every rule or principal we take from it would be missing the point. He wants to show us how much He loves us and this becomes very clear when the Bible is seen as a metaphor for who he is, how He views us, and how our focus should never leave him.
So as a challenge, I think we all would benefit more from our Bible reading if we read the Bible as any other story. Most church sermons are on just a few verses and in our daily Bible reading we usually don’t get past a few chapters. If we all read the Bible as a complete book we will see so much more of God’s emotion and know his heart when reading. I’m not saying the details are unimportant, they are actually very important but keep in mind that they are still just the fine brush strokes which make up the only masterpiece where we can see the true face and heart of God. Yes, the Bible is a literal book but you can still receive the full benefit by reading it as also just a story.