I always felt a little ashamed while reading Anne Frank. It was like I had crept into her room, found her diary under her mattress, hid in the closet and read it. Reading someone else’s personal correspondence is just not right.
Have you ever heard something like this… “The Bible is a personal love letter from God?”
Is that an accurate statement? Should you read the Bible as though it were written to you, personally? While I understand the sentiment I am sure that this understanding of the nature of the Bible is flawed and actually feeds modern passion for the individual over the body of Christ here on the earth.
The Bible as a whole was written for a people not a person (Moses recounts the history of deliverance of the people Israel (Deut 33). The Psalms were written as congregational hymns. The prophets wrote for the people (Is 6:9). The New Testament was written so that the Church might have a faithful account of the events of Christ’s life. The Gospel of John ends with a charge from Jesus to Peter to feed His sheep. The letters are, by and large, written to Churches or there is an expectation that they will be read by the church at large (notice that Paul tells Timothy that he is to pass his training on to other faithful men).
This is important. It is not just you and your Bible. It was meant to be read in the context of a body. It is not God’s personal love letter to you. In fact it’s not personal at all.