Reading stories of human heroism is a popular pastime. And the world is full of such. But contemplating human heroes doesn't change one's heart or transform a sinner into a saint. Witness: idolizing sports heroes is vanity.
But here's a miracle known and experienced worldwide in any culture or language: reading Bible stories does change the heart; in the process it makes a bad person become a good one. It's proof of biblical inspiration.
Modern cell phones are a phenomenon: with the right one and the right service, you're in touch with almost anyone anywhere in the globe. With the Bible in your hands and in your heart, you're in touch constantly with the noblest and best people of the human race of all time. No, it's not through Spiritualist séances; you don't communicate with dead people--the Bible condemns that as contact with evil angels who fell from heaven with Lucifer, the devil. What happens instead is that through your reading the Bible with a heart that believes in Christ you experience actual identity--fellowship with those Bible characters of all ages--through the work of the Holy Spirit. You identify with them in their experiences of learning to know God. Not through the cinema screen, but through the Holy Spirit you enter into knowing Him. It's beyond the realm of normal fellowship with humans, but through the Bible "he that walketh with wise men shall be wise" (Prov. 13:20).
By a heavenly osmosis more real than any earthly science, you receive the life of Christ through the Bible. Cherish that hunger and thirst for righteousness; the Lord promises that you shall be filled (Matt. 5:6).
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