In Judaism the term “People of the Book” was used to refer specifically to the Jewish people and the Torah, or what Christians would call the Old Testament. To the Jews, it was important that their children become educated in the Torah (Old Testament) otherwise they might fall into a hedonistic worldview.
When I was an atheist I studied the “book” to try and beat Christians in their arguments and to prove that their worldview could not be true. What I found however was that most times was I was battling with an unarmed foe. Today as a Christian I look around at some church theologies and I wonder if the people in the congregation are reading the word of god. Are these congregations being misled? Is their church theology sound? Would they even know if it wasn’t?
One of the most successful ways I see Christianity being attacked is not through straight on atheistic frontal attack, but by slowly changing Christian theology to match current popular hedonistic culture. This watering down of theological is only successful in churches where people are not reading and studying the bible so they seldom notice.
The best defense for being misled is to truly be “people of the Book”. If we are going to call ourselves Christians we need to spend time with Gods word. We need to know that the theology we are hearing and defending is sound and has come from scripture and not a denomination council vote.
Mathew Henry summed this up in his commentary on Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” NIV. Henry said, the word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it.
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