The problem with GQ’s placement of the Bible in its 21 Books You Don’t Have To Read list is that it’s too easy to argue that the Bible isn’t really a book at all. It could be said that it really doesn’t belong on any list with any other books.
Why, you ask?
Because, for starters, it’s really 66 books written by more than 40 different authors over several thousand years.
Chuck Missler was fond of pointing out the Bible’s uniqueness compared to all other documents during nearly every talk he gave. The author, evangelical Christian, Bible teacher, engineer, and former businessman was the founder of the Koinonia House ministry. He passed into “the next dimension” two days ago in New Zealand.
Let’s look at Missler’s post, A Message From Outside Time, from a couple years ago. Missler is not without controversy, but someone who even GQ might come to respect for his high intelligence and degree of past success in the business world.
The 66 books which we call the Bible constitute a highly integrated message system. What makes this so astonishing is the fact that they were penned by more than forty different people over a period of several thousand years! Yet we now discover that virtually every detail of the Biblical text evidences a highly skillful integrated design from cover to cover. In fact, every word, every place, name, every detail was apparently placed there (in the original) deliberately as part of an overall intricate plan.
What is even more astounding is that it can be demonstrated that the origin of this intricate design is from outside of our dimension of space and time.
So there you have it. As Missler points out, “a collection of 66 books we call The Bible, written by more than 40 authors over several thousands of years, yet we now discover it is an integrated message from outside our time domain.”
And, “It repeatedly authenticates this uniqueness by describing history before it happens. And this discovery totally shatters our traditional concepts of reality.”
GQ claims to be the “authority on men” but it apparently isn’t the authority on men operating in a different dimension.
How can anyone possibly compare the Bible to any other book — in the universe — past, present, or future?
Part of GQ’s explanation, written by novelist Jesse Ball, for placing the Bible on its do not read list, is that it is “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” GQ has received a lot of flak for it’s list and rightfully so.
Every Man Ministries founder Kenny Luck (who I consider a premier authority on men) reacted to GQ’s inaccurate and inflammatory take on the Bible with a commentary, ‘GQ’ or God: Which Makes the Better Man?, that included this thought: “It’s not an attack on the Bible, it is an attack on God himself. They are the words of someone who doesn’t like cosmic accountability — the idea that when they die they will be held accountable for their actions. …they move to eliminate the moral source that makes demands of our character and holds us accountable to a standard. It is the classic play of atheism and agnosticism – eliminate God or the Bible and you can live any way you want.”
I wasn’t always a Christian. I view myself as a former hedonist — a pleasure seeker without thought of God. So, I understand GQ’s (list writer and editorial approval) uneducated view of Christianity, ridicule of the Bible and of avid gospel readers. However, I came to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus nearly 20 years ago after many, many seeds were planted in me along the way, leading up to that decision to follow Him.
One of those seeds was from someone I didn’t know who sat on a boardwalk bench next to the one I was sitting on overlooking the ocean at Laguna Beach, who out of the blue asked, “Did you know that the Bible is Jesus’ love letter to you?”
At the time, I answered yes, just hoping to shut him up. But not too long down the road later, I understood what he meant by that question. My answer now is a resounding YES!
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, posted his reaction to the GQ piece, which included his statement, “The Holy Bible is God-breathed, it is living and active, and it is sharper than a double-edged sword. There’s nothing more powerful, and there’s nothing more needed by mankind than the Word of God. Maybe the GQ editors need to read it, again. The subject of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus Christ. And one day soon, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.”
Maybe GQ editors need to read the Bible for the first time. I don’t know. But I do know that the Bible gives a message that is beyond anything that a mere book could deliver… especially when one’s eyes are open.