Not Everything Is In The Bible
John 20:30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
Not everything is written in the Bible, thats the news! A keen look at any story in the Bible shows that a lot of information was left out. The Bible doesn’t give a blow by blow account of everything. The Bible doesn’t satisfy curiosity of those who just need information for the sake of it. The creation story doesn’t have exact time when human beings were created but we know its day six. The Bible doesn’t bother to tell us when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, if it was same day of creation or many days later, we dont know. Noah Built the Ark but which other people helped him in the building process and how much did he spend? How was Jesus’ teenage life, It is not written in the Bible!
The verses given above tell us that Jesus did many more miracles than the few written in the Bible, but these ones were provided to facilitate faith, so that we may believe in Jesus. The passages go further to tell us that if everything Jesus did was written, there would be no space for the written work. In other words, Jesus did much more than the Bible provides to us. What we have is a very very small percentage of what Jesus did. Deuteronomy on the other hand advises us to be satisfied with the little that we have written in the Bible, because many other details have been kept secret deliberately by God. Not everything is written in the Bible!
Not everything is written in the Bible for three reasons according to the verses we have read.
1. The information provided was designed to facilitate faith only. Not for curiosity, not for history studies and not for entertainment. The Bible is not an Encyclopaedia or dictionary or history book. It has information that is sufficient to build faith and nothing more. For that reason, not everything is written in the Bible!
2. There would be a logistical crisis if everything was to be written. It would be too much for us to grasp, go through and comprehend. We are lazy and we wouldn’t have finished reading. If creation story came in details, of animal and plant species, time of creation, temperature details, weather patterns, etc. The creation story would need scientific minds to understand and it would require several volumes of books. Then we think of each Bible story with all details provided, we would be overwhelmed and the work would never have been reproduced and handed down to generations. The stories of Jesus themselves would be too much for the writers. Many people would give up and depend on those who pretend to have read it all. If the small Bible we have has led to many religions and denominations, these overwhelming information would have led to an impossible crisis of identifying the truth. It is because the Bible has less details that it is small enough, to translate, study, understand and believe. Actually if the Bible had most details, not all details written, it would be necessary to have a small summary for the many believers and leave the detailed one for a few experts. God in His wisdom gave this executive summary for us to use, since its convenient and manageable for the intended purpose. It is good that not everything is written in the Bible.
3. Not everything is written because some have been made confidential or secret by God for God. Some secrets can be destructive. God hid the details from us to save us from the consequences of knowing. If we knew Jesus’ daily food and even how many times He ate per day, the food industry and science would not have progressed to where it is today. We would all be clamouring for only what Jesus ate and we would all make it a religious requirement to eat at the times when Jesus ate. God knew how foolish we are and He hid that information to make our lives easy to live. Many things are hidden to save us from the sycophancy that would follow that knowledge. Exact date of birth of Jesus is hidden. Exact date of Jesus death is hidden. What would happen if we knew exact date when Jesus will return and end the world? Did Jesus crack jokes in privacy with disciples? Did Jesus love sports? Did Jesus privately argue about politics as we do? A lot is hidden to make our lives free and easy to live. It is good news that not everything is written in the Bible.
With that understanding, we therefore appreciate that while it is important to get all answers from the Bible, not all answers will have a Bible verse attached to it. We don’t have verses that directly prohibit smoking tobacco and use of narcotics, but we have Bible verses that encourage healthful living. We don’t have Bible verses that directly speak to our kind of music and dress and entertainment, etc. But we have principles in the Bible that inform our decisions.
It is therefore wrong to insist that everything must have a direct Bible verses related to it. In the process we start forcing Bible verses to fit into situations they don’t fit nor make sense. That kind of forcing Bible verses leaves a Bible student with a lesson that nobody will believe as it defies interpretation and logical sense.
Choir uniforms are not in the Bible but it doesn’t mean it is wrong. Other uniforms used in church by various groups, marching practices, flags, symbols, etc. They are not in the Bible and to the extent to which they don’t offend the Bible principles, they are not wrong! Colours of church buildings are not in the Bible. How to conduct the regular church programmes, the entire liturgy, may have association with the Bible practise but not strict provisions. What time should Sabbath worship begin, morning, mid-morning, afternoon or night? Not written. Posture of prayer must be reverent but no emphasis on only kneeling, or standing, etc. Not everything is written in the Bible!
Let us however not rush to lazily assert that not everything is written in the Bible. We need to be sure we understand the whole Bible and its principles. What is not there should be understood in relation to what is in the Bible. The Bible was given to us by the one who created our ability to reason and understand. The Holy Spirit is here to help us understand and apply the Bible. Pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are glad that for our own good, not everything was written in the Bible!
May the little we have been given be sufficient for our daily studies and daily blessings, and ultimate salvation, in Jesus name, Amen!(c)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)