GardnersBibleJust the other day I received an email offer for a new Bible.  The offer was a good one, it featured a full 50% off the cover price.  This was a very generous offer.  The real question is not about the value, the question is the need. It got me pondering.  Do I really need a “NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible.” Does anyone need a Gardeners Bible.

I got it when the came out with a Teen Study Bible, even the Men’s and Women’s devotional Bible.  I thought that a devotional Bible for couple was a good idea at the time also.    But what comes next?  Where do you go from here?

  • God’s Word for Coffee Drinkers?
  • God’s Word for Scrapbooks?
  • God’s Word for Alaskan Gardeners?
  • God’s Word for those who sit on the couch all day and play video games?

I feel like we are perhaps trivializing the Word of God. with all the flavors and varieties.  How many Bibles does a person need?  Do we need our Sunday Morning Bible Study Bible, and a Tuesday Night Women’s Bible, along with our Weekend hunter’s Bible?

Don’t get me wrong I am glad that there are people who care enough about God’s Word to write devotional and study around a topic or for a group of people.  Would it not serve us all better to have one Bible, that we use for all the days and seasons of our life?  Would it not be better to have a copy of the Word that is just the Word?

Does this massive variety of Bibles foster what I believe is a growing misconception that the Bible is too difficult to understand?  We need it explained in terms a gardener can understand.   Does the message of the Bible change based on your hobbies?  your age? your gender?

16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16 (NIV) 

I think it time to quit marketing God’s Word as a companion to your life and start treating it AS life.

<>< Craig

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