If nobody reads the bible it’s a “tragedy”

No, what happened in India is a tragedy. If no one’s reading the bible it’s not the end of the world.

“For many people the language of the Bible has become inaccessible and yet pop song writers can make a connection with people because their language is fresh,” he said.

“They are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we’ve become deaf to in church language.

“The Bible is an amazing collection of books that we’ve allowed to become banal. For many people it is a closed book and asking them to read it is a lost cause, which is a tragedy.

Bishop Baines said that music is influential in challenging people to think of some of life’s big questions.

“Songs get more into the soul than simply reading an ancient book,” he added. “I hope that they would be awoken to God and it would lead them to want to read some of the stories in the Bible.”

Okay, not counting the tunes that sound more like obscene phone calls set to music, any song about love could probably be translated into love for a god. They did it in Sister Act, for example.

But do Christian groups have to take secular music and change the message from loving the people on earth to loving some invisible sky daddy? They’ve already got scads of Christian bands making rock music praising God’s mission. They don’t need the Beatles.

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