The 100-Minute Bible? Wait a Minute!

by Joe R. Price

A new version of the Bible, The 100-Minute Bible, was unveiled on Wednesday in London, England. The Rev. Michael Hinton of the Church of England is its author. Here are some descriptions of it from its author and publisher (100-Minute Press), along with some analysis from the complete Bible.

“…It summarizes every teaching from the Creation to the Revelation…”

I guess we’ll just have to take their word for it, right? But, since “the entirety of Your word is truth,” isn’t it presumptuous to summarize God’s word and then offer it to the public as “every teaching?” (Psalm 119:160) More accurately stated, the 100-Minute Bible contains “every teaching” Mr. Hinton thinks is important (Isaiah 55:8-9; II Timothy 3:16-17).

“…ideal for an upcoming rail or aeroplane journey.”

Are we to believe the entire Bible isn’t? (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 1:1-2).

“…a new way of looking at the Bible.”

The Bible says, “Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments” (Psalm 119:6). We’d better be looking at the Bible in the “old” way to find the “good way” (Jeremiah 6:16 – I wonder if that verse is in the 100-Minute Bible).

“…written for those who want to know more about Christianity but who do not have the time to read the original Bible…”

Those who want to know about the gospel of Jesus Christ will take the time to read and know (John 7:17; Ephesians 3:3-4).

The 100-Minute Bible “picks out the principle stories of the life and ministry of its central character, Jesus Christ.”

The Holy Spirit already did that in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (John 20:30-31; 21:25; Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1-3). We are not better equipped with less than what the Holy Spirit gave us? (John 16:13; II Peter 1:3; II Timothy 3:16-17; Revelation 22:18-19).

[‘100-minute Bible’ is launched, CNN, USA, Sep. 21, 2005]