Bible: (n) the Christian scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
A friend of mine bought me a knife.
I found it unusual because it was in a sheath. I had never owned such a weapon.
I took it out of its case, and in doing so, removed it so quickly that I sliced my finger on the blade.
The knife was too sharp.
I stuck it back in its sheath, set it to the side, and didn’t think much more about it.
A few weeks later, my friend asked me how I liked my knife. I decided to be honest and tell him it was just too sharp for me to use–that I was afraid I would slice myself every time I handled it.
He explained that I needed to break it in–that the blade would become less dangerous as I put it to use and found practical ways to dull the blade, while making it more effective for common duties.
I decided to take his advice.
In no time at all, that knife, which had been too sharp to even remove from its protective casing, became very valuable. I used it for everything from slicing tomatoes to shaving twigs off a branch.
I liked my knife.
Even though it was too sharp at first, I gradually learned to use it in such a way that it lost some of its edginess and became more pliable.
And so it is with the Bible.