16 January, 2009
Is this really necessary?
The Green Bible is yet another invention of a publishing house designed to make money. There, I said it.
I don't want to rehash a subject that's already being talked about elsewhere: The Rubicon & God's Politics, but isn't there a better way to talk about the issues presented in "specialty" Bibles?
The paramount message of the Bible is SALVATION for the lost, isn't it? So why would we overshadow that by highlighting an agenda instead of God's life-changing gospel? Whereas some Bibles are red-letter Bibles that highlight the words of Christ, the Green Bible is a green-letter Bible, highlighting every verse that talks about the earth. Brian MacLaren, a contributing author to this Bible likes this idea: "You realize how much of scripture depends on human beings having a real connection to the land, so they can understand the metaphors and imagery drawn from it. You also realize how much biblical writers have to say about our responsibility to care for the land."
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm not sure that this is such a great idea. In fact, although I have some of them on my own bookshelves, I'm beginning to think that "specialty" bibles in general aren't such a good thing.