Looking at Life through the Bible
By: Chip Crush
Attempting to renew my driver’s license as a university freshman,
I failed the vision exam, a requirement for license renewal. The test administrator said
I needed corrective lenses to pass the test and receive a valid license. In other words,
I had to get glasses!
I scheduled an appointment that same day to have my eyesight checked; after being fitted
with corrective lenses, I could see so clearly! I was amazed at how poor my vision had
become, how I failed to notice its slow but steady deterioration, and how much I was
missing without glasses! A couple days later, I returned to the driver’s license office
donning my spectacles and passed the test. The clerk issued my new license, and I have been
wearing corrective lenses ever since.
Why do I reveal this particular short span of my life as the opening of this book? It is
amazing to me that I had no inkling of my gradually weakening eyesight. It had only been
two or three years since I aced the vision exam to obtain my first driver’s license, yet
my eyesight had gone from near perfect to quite pathetic; I was oblivious. My eyes were
looking without seeing, and glasses helped me to look and see! This seemingly unimportant
sequence of events from my past serves as an adequate illustration of what I believe is
going on in America today. Just as my eyesight steadily worsened without my realizing it,
our esteemed nation’s worldview is gradually deteriorating, and most people are unaware. I
hope to show we can see most clearly when we put on “Biblical Glasses.”
My motivation for writing this book lies in the corruption I see in the world. While
growing as a Christian, I am reminded to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks [me] to give the reason for the hope that [I] have” (1 Peter 3:15).
I feel like the return of Jesus Christ is near; yet, while I know Jesus commands His
followers to proclaim the Good News about Him to the entire world (see Matthew 28:18-20;
Mark 16:14-16), I rarely feel confident verbally sharing the Gospel with those who do
not first bring up the topic by asking me what it means. Having said that, I think
this book is one way I can share the message of Jesus Christ with perhaps more people
than I could have reached verbally.
The first six chapters of this book include primarily the basics of Christianity,
the “spiritual milk” (1 Peter 2:2), “the elementary truths of God’s Word”
(Hebrews 5:12). Chapters seven through ten contain “solid food” (1 Corinthians 3:2;
Hebrews 5:12-14) along with the milk in a brief discussion of Christian doctrine.
Depending on your spiritual readiness, some of this discussion may be difficult to
grasp. C.S. Lewis said:
I have made every effort with this book to follow Paul’s instructions in 2 Timothy 2:15:
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not
need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.” However, I do not
pretend all of the following information is my own. In fact, I have compiled a
significant amount of the text from well-known sources you may recognize as you read.
A list of these sources, along with other recommended books and websites for
additional research, can be found in Appendix B and following.
There are certain things in Christianity that can be understood from the outside,
before you have become a Christian. But there are a great many things that cannot
be understood until after you have gone a certain distance along the Christian
road. ... Whenever you find any statement in Christian writings which you can make
nothing of, do not worry! Leave it alone. There will come a day, perhaps years later,
when you suddenly see what it meant.
I welcome comments or questions regarding any of the topics discussed in the ensuing
chapters. Feel free to reach me at your convenience via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I also invite you
to visit and peruse the website designed to accompany this book:
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of
the Holy Spirit be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:14). “Blessed is the man who finds
wisdom, the man who gains understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).