If the Bible Were a Computer Program

March 19, 2019


In my chosen field of Computer Science, almost everything revolves around computer programming code which can be written in many computer languages, some of which are old and obsolete and others which are newer and are designed for specific purposes and with many improvements.  An example of a computer program is:

While this program may look complicated to some, its purpose is merely to print on a computer screen:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.

People react to computer programs in different ways, just as they react to the Holy Bible:

  • Some get bogged down by the details and fail to understand the intended purpose;

  • Some prefer to re-write their own version;

  • Some just read the individual instructions but never actually run them;

  • Some are turned off by the complexity while others appreciate the elegance;

  • Some don’t want to make the effort to truly understand the meaning.

In reality, like the Holy Bible, a computer program works as a whole, not in bits and pieces.  Underlying the lines of code, we can read is a vast underlying system that must work perfectly to fulfill its mission.


Expert computer programmers understand that the code directs the computer in every way, just like the Bible directs us in every way in our daily lives.  God has given us the Bible for us to understand His purpose for us.  We must not turn away because we think that it’s too complicated, because we don’t want to take the time to learn how to truly embrace its meaning, because we tend to get bogged down by the details, or because we’re tempted to write our own flawed version.


If the Bible were a computer program, perhaps in all its complexity yet in all its elegance we can realize that its true purpose is to merely print on our hearts and in our daily living:


Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13: 34-35)



Dear God, open my heart to Your message of infinite love that You have for me and of Your desire for us to love You and to love one another as we also need to be loved.  Help me to break through my weaknesses to read and understand Your Word through the Holy Bible and to live Your purpose for me each and every day.  Amen.


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