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I read a newspaper column in which the writer complained about electronic gadgets intended to make our complicated 21st century American lives easier. The writer said that, like a lot of things in the 21st century, especially in the USA, we are constantly being told that we need all kinds of new things if we want to live “the good life”. We spend a lot of time and effort just trying to fit these things into our lives. In doing so, instead of having “the good life”, life becomes more and more difficult and complicated. Simply trying to understand how to use all this technology makes life even more difficult, instead of giving us “the good life”.
To some degree, I have to agree. Around 1982, I was exposed to one of those original Atari computers at work. I was convinced that this machine would really make life so much better for me. In 1983 I got my own first computer. It was this little pocket-size Timex gadget, that cost only $125. My kids and I hooked it up to our TV and played computer games with it. Over the next few years I upgraded to better gadgets, but I can’t say that any of these things gave me “the good life”. I discovered that there were and still are some things that are still better when I do them the old fashioned (before gadgets) way. For example, when it comes to recording dates that I have to keep, I have found it quicker and easier to manually record and refer to this information in my little black date book that fits right into my pocket.
Now I’m not suggesting that we all throw away our electronic gadgets and never again buy or use another one. Except for my little black date book, I will consider and probably buy and use some kind of new electronic gadget this year. On the other hand, I bought a totally new computer only a few months ago, and still haven’t figured out how to make everything work just right. So maybe getting to know everything there is to know about this new computer will keep me busy for the rest of the year. We’ll see.
The point I’m getting to is that there are still a lot of old things around that can help us experience “the good life”. I mean, some really old things. Much older than my little black date book. One in particular that I still use is the Bible. Often called “The Good Book”. Exactly why people started calling the Bible “The Good Book” ages ago, I don’t know. I suspect it’s because they discovered what I have discovered about it. That is, for some of us it is the ultimate source of wisdom as to how to define and live the good life.
At the same time, many of us have one or more Bibles in our homes, but rarely bother to read it. That’s the way it used to be with me. So why didn’t I take the time to read it in my younger days? Like many people, I found it too difficult to understand. Of course, there are parts of the Bible not easy to understand, which is why it is important to be involved in some kind of Bible study. It’s important because when it comes to the basics of defining and living the good life, Bible study helps to make clear the basic understanding of the nature of and how to live the good life.
It is not enough to just read the Bible or hear it read to you. It’s not enough to memorize certain verses. It’s not enough to know the information it contains. If you want the ultimate definition of and basic direction as to how to live the good life, then you need to study the Bible. Toward that end, please note the announcement at the top of today’s and future Today’s Enlightenment blogs: “We also invite you to view our newest web-site – Ray of Hope Ministries On-Line Bible Study. (www.rohmbible.wordpress.com).
Based on our experience, Patty and I believe that if you really interested in discovering what the good life is about, and the basics of living the good life, then you will benefit from Bible study, especially if you are among the growing number of Americans who consider themselves to be “spiritual but not religious”. As we explain in our statement of purpose (click the tab- “About Ray of Hope Ministries“), while we are members of a United Methodist Church, our purpose is not to convert anyone to our faith or any faith. We believe that’s between God and each individual. Our purpose is to proclaim the good news of peace, love, joy, and hope that we believe God offers to everyone. Experiencing these things is what we understand to be the good life.
The Bible is not a detailed how to do it book as to how to live the good life. It is not intended to be a book of science or history, although science and history often do validate much of what is written in the Bible. Most of all, the Bible is a book of practical God-inspired principles as to how to live the good life. We urge you to give our new on-line Bible study a try. And we invite you to leave comments and suggestions which might be helpful to us and other readers of our websites.
If you have been following our blog, Today’s Enlightenment, you have probably noticed that the overall theme of Ray- of- Hope- Ministries is HOPE. As we have often said, we are about assuring you that based on our experience with life, and what we have seen and heard from and about others, there is always hope, even when all seems to be hopeless. There is always good news in the midst of bad news. In our new o n-line Bible study web-site we continue with that theme. We look forward to your joining us.
Grace and peace, Ray
Thanks for your attention. We look forward to hearing your comments about our web-site. We also invite you to send us stories of your experiences and observations of present hopes and hope fulfilled, so we can spread them around the world via this web-site. This is one way we can all join together to help keep hope alive.
May God be with you,
Patty and Ray