Manual of Life – The Book of Jesus
“You study the scriptures. These very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you will not come to me in order to have life. — John 5:38-39
I have an Owner’s Manual in my hand. It’s for my 2018 Kia Optima. Have I read the whole booklet? Of course not! So, why does KIA bother?
Customer satisfaction is essential for success in business. “Research has shown that dissatisfied customers are likely to tell ten other people of their unfortunate experience.”(WPA opinion research)
A User’s Guide is one weapon in a company’s arsenal to combat detrimental consumer dissatisfaction by supplying as much practical information as possible.
Genetic research has proven that every human being is absolutely unique. Yet, everyone is driven by the same basic desire: happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment. This universal craving is the focus of the Bible. “These are wise sayings written down so we’ll know how to live well … a manual for living to teach the inexperienced the ropes and give people a grasp on reality”. (Proverbs 1:1-54)
The Manual for Living features Jesus as the Model of Life. “You study the Scriptures. These very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you will not come to me in order to have life.” (John 5:38-39) “The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Jesus in them.” (Commentary on the Gospel of John, John Calvin) WHY? “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) My paraphrase: “I am the Way to the Truth about Life.”
You attempted to assemble, install or use a new product. Hours later your nervous network is overloaded. You’ve failed and the product appears to be damaged. Out of frustration, you unleash a few expletives! Finally, in desperation, you open the product manual.
A famous author wrote: “The mass of men leads lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t wait for desperation to dominate your life. Check out the User’s Guide for Living, the Bible! Start with Genesis, the first section of the Manual. Nothing less than your complete satisfaction with life is at stake!