After running far enough away where he might be safe the European man broke down and wept bitterly.
For three years he had been shackled like a dog on a lead. He had been taken captive by his enemies and subjected to the treacherous miseries of prison life. Not long after his imprisonment though, another European traveler came through. He saw his countryman and pitied him, but dared not help him for fear of being incarcerated himself. The best he could do was give him a book.
The prisoner was highly disappointed. He did not want books. He wanted food, clothing and freedom. In a rage he threw the book aside.
And there the book lay for three long, harsh years.
One day, out of mere chance, he picked up the book and started leafing through it. To his surprise, there within he found a file—the one thing he needed most. When the guards were not looking he was able to file down his chains and make his escape.
When safely out of the way he broke down and lamented how foolish he had been. All along the means to escape sat right beside him. The key to his freedom and happiness was found in the book.
Sadly this is the way many people treat the Bible. The one book that can set us free from the bondage of sin and help us escape the flame of hell is, tragically, neglected by so many. For whatever reason, be it laziness or stubbornness, it is never opened. As a result, its blessing are never enjoyed.
God’s Word tells us that the Bible is “able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 3:15) This means that, to get to heaven, you must read the Bible and accept its truths. It is as simple as that.
But if its teachings are ignored or outright rejected, then one will find himself forever outside heaven. Instead of being forgiven and welcomed into eternal glory, you will suffer the punishment that is justly due to us for sin.
Like a road map, the Bible outlines the only way to escape this punishment and come safely to Paradise. It teaches us that the God we have offended has provided a Savior and freely offers sinners life and salvation through him. All we need to do to receive this salvation is turn from our sin, accept Jesus Christ as Savior, and begin to live a new life of obedience.
If this is done, eternal condemnation need not be feared. That’s because the Bible tells us that we will become God’s child and will forever enjoy His favor.
Some will scoff. Some probably will find it hard to believe. The only way to know for sure though, is to take it up and read it for yourself. If you do, you will not be disappointed. You will find that “It is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over to possess." (Deut. 32:47).