Unwanted Pages

My Bible is falling apart. Perhaps that makes it look as if I have used it more than I really have. To tell the truth, I just bought this Bible a couple of years ago. I thought I was getting a bargain, but it usually is true that you get what you pay for, and now some pages are trying to escape from my Bible. I have to make sure that they don’t slip away from me.

We sometimes find pages in the Bible that we wish weren’t there. We wouldn’t dream of ripping those pages from the “Good Book”, but many people live their lives as if certain pages of Scripture were missing.

Some don’t want the pages that speak against any type of sexual immorality. Others show with their lifestyle that they can do without the pages that warn against greed. Still others find those pages about worship far too intrusive to acknowledge. There are those who have mentally removed any pages in the Bible that refer to self-control and personal responsibility.

You could make a sizeable list of the types of pages that people don’t want to find in their Bibles. However, the important question to ask ourselves is if there are any pages we ourselves feel tempted to leave out.

Ironically, the section of my Bible that has come loose from the binding is the last 5 chapters of Revelation. It is in this passage of Scripture that we read—“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Rev.22:18-19).

Keep all the pages in your Bible…every single one!

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