Have you seen the new movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? It’s based on the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. I was thinking about Narnia recently when suddenly it hit me that a famous detail in the story contains the secret to making the Bible come alive today. Let me explain.
As you probably know, one of the central images in The Chronicles of Narnia is the wardrobe. It’s through the wardrobe that the four children—Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy—enter into a whole new world where the lion king Aslan is alive, where Aslan is on the move. As the story unfolds, we learn that Aslan represents Christ; he’s a picture of God incarnate. And that’s the secret: the Bible is like the wardrobe in Narnia.
Think about it; if our main focus in reading the Bible is relational, that is, to get to know the heart, mind and presence of God every day, then we enter into a whole new world where God is alive and God is on the move. But, if our main focus in reading the Bible is informational, that is, just to learn Bible facts, or gain Bible knowledge, or to stop biblical illiteracy in America, then we find ourselves in a frozen world, where it’s more difficult to grow as a Christian.
So what’s the point of reading the Bible? It’s certainly not to become a Bible know-it-all. Rather, it’s to embrace Aslan. That’s what makes the Bible come alive today.