By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)
"LEarning (Bring Your Own Bible (The Story of The Printing Press) - in 3 minutes)"
By Derrick Brown
The printing press was invented a long, long time ago by Johannes Gutenburg.
He initially used his invention to print Bible copies.
Gutenberg was nearly bankrupted by his venture - but he persevered (to his own detriment).
Perhaps he was driven to - and through - his good work by an unusual motivation.
See, in the "old" days many societies required that Bibles be owned solely by priests.
Part of a priest's training was handwriting their own copy of the Bible.
When you possess exclusive access to "the law", you have a great moral responsibility to use it to set the captive free.
You also have the abject authority, though, to further ensnare them in bondage.
Whomever controls the diameter of your learning, controls the circumference of your knowledge.
Whomever controls the diameter of your steps, controls the circumference of your path.
Or - in other words - balance is provided in this equation when we all have equal access to understanding "the law" ...
... 'cause if you don't know the law - you will owe the law.
All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, training, correcting, and rebuking - so that the man of God is thoroughly equipped for every good work.
If you are paying close attention, you know that I did not quote this scripture word for word (2 Tim 3:16-17).
If you are really paying attention, you know that I explained the scripture from my study and understanding.
I hope that is alright - because it is.
When we all possess, digest, and wrestle with God's word - we win every time we lose ...
... lose our arrogance, pride, envy, greed, lust, bias, and myopia (near-sightedness).
Next time you head to church, make sure someone catches you in the act reading the Bible while the pastor preaches.
Your pastor will appreciate the accountability.
Be thankful, too, that Johannes Gutenberg's purpose far exceeded his ambition.
His work gives us an eternal chance to be better.