Does the Bible need a Disclaimer?

This week, I was looking into a neat program that does those videos you sometimes see of a hand drawing a picture while the narrator speaks. The program is called  Doodly. I have not made my decision about purchasing this program. However, I was intrigued by their disclaimer:

It’s really up to you

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Faith without works

Being who I am, I immediately put this is a faith context. I think this could have been written by the author of the book of James. I have known people who bought expensive Bibles or Bible commentary sets intending to read them. But that is only the first (possibly unnecessary) step to becoming a faithful Christian, much less a great Bible teacher. Buying the latest and best translation will get you nowhere if the book sits unopened. “It’s a fact that one that does not take action will see no results whatsoever.”

This is not normal

Or, maybe the author of Luke-Acts would want to make his disclaimer after telling stories of stunning works by apostles and the early church. “The results featured on this page are not the norm and are extraordinary results from hard work, commitment and dedication by following through and taking action.” Of course, Luke would say that the stunning stories were due not only to a person’s efforts but primarily through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. Still, think of Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:9-24) who wanted to become rich by using the Holy Spirit’s power. “If you want a magic button that will fulfill your life with riches then please leave this page and do NOT purchase.”

No guarantees

“We don’t make any guarantees about your own results because we don’t know you” did not come from the Lord’s mouth in the Great Commission, but, “We are here to help and guide you to move forward faster by giving you awesome content, direction and strategies to reach your end goal” is pretty close to “and lo I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Take up your cross

And, “Please check the content thoroughly on this page and that you are committed to taking relentless action and will put in the effort before you decide to make a purchase. If not then please leave this page and do not purchase” is close enough to “if any person wants to be my disciple, let them take up their cross daily and follow me.”

I’ve read many introductions to the Bible. Yes, I actually read the translators’ introductions! What I’ve never seen is a disclaimer. Maybe it’s needed.

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