OK, so I’ve gone a couple of different directions on NoCamo about paper versus plastic (electronic) Bibles.
On the one hand, I love my paper Bible. Love it. I am actually beginning to despair, because I’ve noticed recently that some of the binding is breaking in the front and I don’t relish the task of replacing it.
Our son, Tony, recently got an iPod Touch, and has been using it during devotions so that he could have the same translation of the Bible as I use (ESV).
So, he asked me Sunday if he could take his iPod to church instead of his paper Bible.
I told him no.
Philosophically, I don’t care. I have heard of legalistic people who have actually asked tablet users to move from their seat on Sunday morning because they were being “distracting.” Yes, seriously.
I told him no for a more roundabout reason. Namely, I want him to be able to find verses in The Book. Without a table of contents or a touchscreen.
My mind flashed to a scene from a post-nuclear war movie, where technology and Internet access were memories. Could my son locate the book of James then? In a Bible-drill-at-the-end-of-time scenario?
Overkill? For sure (especially the graphic at the top of the post).
I want his Bible to be a companion. A guide. A source of truth. A discipline, not subject to crashes or battery levels.
Have I flipped my lid? Thoughts?