The geniuses at GQ magazine have declared that the Bible is “overrated.” I am reasonably certain that their opinion of the U.S. Constitution is similar, if not identical. It is not a coincidence that these two documents are regularly trashed by liberals because Scriptural handprints are easily detected all over our nation’s charter. Momentarily setting aside the fact that Bible information is dedicated to keeping lost sinners out of hell, it also contains the foundation stones for every piece of worthwhile literature ever written. That is a claim that GQ or any other contemporary rag sheet cannot make. To illustrate this valuable truth, a consideration of the primary plots just in Genesis (the first book in the Scriptures—for those at GQ) will give the reader an idea of Biblical contributions. Here they are!
A man murders his brother; a hidden crime is revealed; a man and woman are poisoned (the Russians were probably responsible); a whole civilization is destroyed; sodomy is committed on a man while he is drunk; a son deceives his blind father; a son is sold into slavery, but winds up on a throne; a man’s wife attempts to seduce a teenage boy (Mrs. Robinson gets around); a virgin is raped; a son commits incest with his father’s wife; a man is tricked into a wrong marriage; two shrewd businessmen try to out-scheme each other; a man kills another man in self-defense; a natural catastrophe turns into a holocaust; a city is wiped out by a natural catastrophe; interracial marriage causes domestic strife; a king is in disguise and undetected by his own family.
Exodus (that would be the second book for those at NBC) continues to demonstrate the depths of human depravity, punctuated with some interesting side bars: An ordinary person becomes a savior; a man gives up a throne to marry outside his station in life (was Edward his name?); a baby is miraculously saved from being murdered; magicians counterfeit miracles; water is turned into blood; environmental pollution destroys a nation; a slave nation escapes into freedom under a “great emancipator” (nothing new about Lincoln); there is a slaughter at a dance; men are forced to kill their own kinfolk; a hidden murder is exposed; there is a cavalry pursuit and a “last minute” rescue (which has been the fodder of countless movies); a leader takes bad advice from a relative (see the accusations of the nightly news).
For those interested in military activity, Joshua is an excellent study: A prostitute protects “the good guys” and misleads the police; a famous leader is replaced by an “understudy”; castles and fortresses are encircled and conquered; armies are defeated by nature’s forces; an ambush captures a city; an old soldier gives his farewell address (MacArthur at Westpoint had nothing on this general); some hidden spies escape detection; a secret code saves the life of enemy collaborators; a thief is faced with a firing squad for disobeying a military order.
The intrigue of Judges is second to none—even Shakespeare could have gained some pointers: A woman outsmarts an enemy general and drives a large nail through his head; an assassin kills a king by deception; a man kills a lion bare-handed; a king who mutilated prisoners is mutilated himself; a farm boy becomes a national hero; a man kills his own daughter; a man mutilates his wife’s dead body; a priest is hired to bless killers; an army is ambushed and encircled; a woman gives orders to a general; the mispronunciation of a password causes death; a “guessing game” of riddles results in multiple deaths; “first blood” draws three retaliations (Hollywood couldn’t resist imitating this one with Sylvester Stalone); a small guerilla band overcomes an army; civil war divides a nation; homosexuals battle for their “civil rights”; a gang rape takes place.
The accusation that “the Bible is a bloody book” is false; it simply records the activities of a bloody human race which is in need of a redeeming solution: “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).
Ruth is a love story that should be envied and imitated by anyone seeking true love. The book is a projection into the future, proving that in the final analysis, love will conquer all.
First Samuel continues providing plots that have been favorite themes of literature for centuries: There is an extermination of a corrupt priesthood; a contest takes place between two gods; a population is cursed with a plague; a government “of, by, and for the people” is set up; a hero kills a giant; a king is dethroned for disobedience; demons are cast out by good music (makes you wonder if bad music causes the reverse); a man is saved by a dummy in a bed; a king has a séance and communion with a witch; a commander-in-chief commits suicide; secret signals are given to relay the outcome of a situation; covert military tactics are undetected; guerilla warfare takes place; “Robin Hood” robs from the rich to help the poor, and he has “Friar Tuck” with him.
This is an overview of six Biblical books with sixty more to go! Does GQ really think they can compete with that? Keep in mind that much of modern literature, movies, and television have no plots, but if they do, it’s a good bet the original is in the Bible.
Until GQ has effected as many positive life changes in human kind as the Bible has, we will disregard them as ignorant and useless.