Is the Bible a Love Letter From God to Us?

I’m sure you seen the popular Christian memes that state that “The Bible isn’t a rule book, it’s a love letter!”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? And as I am sure that most of you know, there are all kinds of Bible verses that one can find and use to provide credibility for this statement, and the reason for that is quite simple, the Bible contains many Scriptures that validate God’s love towards us, who believe and trust in Him, because it is a truth. But that truth is a smaller part of a bigger truth.

What some (some is the key word) Christian memes do is take a Biblical truth and make it sound like this truth is applicable to all situations and circumstances. In other words, they simplify a Biblical truth by factoring out or overlooking the particular elements or aspects of that truth that they would prefer not to entertain or focus on.

You will note that in this particular meme, it tells you what the Bible isn’t, that being a rule book. That would be those things we are to do and are not to do, the legalistic perspective of following the Old Testament Law, which as most Christians know, we are no longer under. The whole point of the Law being, that we cannot earn our salvation through perfect obedience to the OT Law. But by implying that the Bible isn’t a rule book, it can go beyond this Old Testament legalistic perspective and basically infer that even in the New Testament, there are no rules or commandments that we are to adhere to, and that unfortunately is not true. Even though our salvation is no longer based upon our perfect obedience to the Law but is now based upon our faith and trust in Christ and His perfect obedience to the Law (be Holy as I am Holy) and Jesus’ righteousness is now imputed to us, it does NOT infer that if we make adultery, stealing or being drunk etc, a habitual occurrence (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) that these continual failures on our part are overlooked or cannot effect our salvation. So there are still rules that we as Christians cannot habitually break and there are commandments that Jesus gave us that we are to follow. Here is a once over lightly on 7 specific commandments that Jesus did give us, if you are interested. And just so you know, not one of these commandments is to be taken lightly, not one.

The truth of the matter is, as per this particular meme that states that “The Bible isn’t a rule book, it is a love letter” it can easily create a false impression that we are not accountable and that what we do or don’t do, doesn’t matter. It does matter, it matters to the point of being rejected by Christ, because we never knew Him and He does not know us. Beware of statements that over simplify Biblical truths.

I know that there will be some who say I am missing the point in that we do God’s will and fulfill all of His commandments by walking in the Spirit because we love Him. That would be in line with Galatians 5:22-24 NASB which reads: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Ideally that is true but please note that I used the word “ideally”. All of those attributes of the fruit of the Spirit would need to be self evident in all situations and all circumstances. And my question to each and every one of us is what happens when the fruit of the Spirit is not self evident? Do we still get to use these attributes of the fruit of the Spirit as a defence for not being subject to any laws or commandments, if all of our words and actions do not meet the fruit of the Spirit criteria? Candidly, I think not.

And when you really stop to think about it, there are other jarring differences between our connotation of a love letter to us and “this love letter from God to us”. A love letter to us is where we are the main focus. Not so with the Bible, Learning about God our Father and Jesus is the main focus of the Bible and His will, His ways and His thoughts, versus our own. It is addressed to us but it clearly is not all about us, not even close.

If it is a love letter, in it’s truest sense, I would have a tendency to think it is a love letter from God the Father, to God the Son, and we, who have been created in God’s image, who were created for His pleasure, and whom God does love, are the recipients of God the Father’s love for His Son and us and the Son’s love for His Father and us.

Something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!



13 comments

  1. A good discussion of the failings of memes regarding the Bible. As time has went on I have become very wary of memes and similar social media productions, too often they are worse than cheap tabloid newspapers in my opinion.

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  2. Excellent post, Bruce, and you’re certainly NOT missing the point. I hate these memes and pithy sayings. You’re spot on regarding the rules we are to follow — not for means of salvation, but as our Christian duty of pursuing a life of holiness.

    Excellent, excellent.

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  3. I’d have a tendency to agree with you Mandy, there’s definitely a leaning in that direction. Obviously not all. Hence the caution to “Beware of statements that oversimplify Biblical truths”. Hoping you and yours are having a blessed day!

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