Everyone has their own opinion on what makes a book good depending on their personal preferences. I like suspense and I like stories that I can learn from. Maybe you look for something different when you’re scouring the bookshelves in your library. But what if there was a universal way of measuring how good a book is? What would it take to write the book that would go at the top of that list?
If we’re talking about something universal, then we’re going to have to steer clear of personal preferences and stick to objective truth (or fact, if you’d rather call it that). Jesus said:
I am the way and the truth an the life.
– John 14:6
So if the truth is the standard for the ultimate best book, and Jesus is the truth (not just one of many truths), then Jesus is the standard. Wow, that’s a pretty high standard!
Think about the competition
If Jesus is the standard for the ultimate, objective best book, how is our society and world going at producing good books these days? How do our books match up to Jesus? Do they portray Him as He is? Do they glorify Him? Do they lead people to the conclusion that He is the way and the life? I’ll leave that up to you to answer for yourself.
But before I end this post, I want you to think about one book in particular; the Bible. The Bible contains everything we know about who Jesus. It is the written Word of God. Now think about this:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
– John 1:1
Now skip down to verse 14 of the same chapter:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
– John 1:14
Did you catch that? These verses are referring to Jesus. They’re calling Him by one of His many names; the Word. Jesus is the living Word and the Bible is the written Word. Put another way, the Bible is the written version of Jesus, the living Word. How much closer can you get to the truth (Jesus) than that. There may be some good books out there, fiction or non-fiction; but none of us can ever claim to have written the best Book.
Let’s think again about the books available to us these days.
Earlier in this post, I left you with a few unanswered questions; How do our books match up to Jesus? Do they portray Him as He is? Do they glorify Him? How did you answer these questions?