In college, I took a class called "The Bible as Literature." It was taught by an aging hippie professor who professed to be an atheist. I kept hammering away at him all semester long with questions aimed at making him think about what he was reading and quoting.
I would frequently quote parallel passages to point the truth of the passages to him. One day towards the end of the course, he started talking, giving an overview of the semester. As he spoke it's like something hit him square in the eyes, and he was struck by the uniformity of the message from Genesis to Revelation. And exclaimed, "I've never seen that before." The light went on.
"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - Heb 4:12
For those of us who have been quickened by His Holy Spirit, as we read His Word it certainly becomes the "Living Word" to us. These are not simply words written on paper. As we read It, we are often left in awe, brought to tears, inspired to praise the Author. It evokes reverence, humility, love, gratitude, and drives us to our knees. It even instills fear - godly fear - as we look upon the Greatness of our God -- the Creator of all things visible and invisible.
No book ever written can be compared to the Bible. Yet for those who do not have eyes to see and ears to hear, It is academic - just like it was to that Professor -- until the Light comes on.
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"The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
He will be as a sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many among them shall stumble;
They shall fall and be broken,
Be snared and taken.”
- Is 8:13-15
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him."
- Ps. 34:8-9