Why the Bible is real to me

When I was growing up, I learned Bible stories, the Ten Commandments, and Jesus' teachings, healings, and parables. They came through my religious training, radio listening, and movie viewing. As I look back, I'm grateful for this basic foundation. But I don't remember ever actually holding or reading from a Bible.

Nor do I remember feeling a direct connection with the people of the Bible and their experiences. Most of them seemed other-worldly, saintly, and remote. Their lives were dramatic epics, not the everyday stuff of normal human beings. For example, I didn't picture Jesus' disciple Peter as a strapping man hauling fishing nets or struggling with self-will. Biblical events taught and inspired me, but the Bible was not a source of guidance in the daily details of living.

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