I want to start off saying this is NOT a rant about the Bible or religion. This was a non-spiritual, self-reasoned, eye opener I was show this weekend by the $500 Millionaire that I NEVER would have found on my own. No matter if you feel the Bible is the word of God or not, please do not worry, this post is not to prove one or the other and in all honestly does not talk about religion or God at all. I do not consider myself religious but one thing I am constantly trying to find is the true formula for success and after you read this piece I feel you will understand why these TRUTHS hold true and have a better understanding of the TRUTHS About the Bible.
This past weekend I spent a lot of time with the $500 Millionaire and one thing that consistently came up in our conversations is the concepts of TRUTHS. There is a proven system of how to live life and become successful in whatever you desire. These TRUTHS are not difficult and in fact they are extremely simple. The strange thing was that every TRUTH we discussed was something that I heard and knew before. As I was looking into this, being somewhat obsessed with self-growth, I was wondering, is there a main source to all of these concepts? Well it turns out there is one book that is the ultimate self-growth book… if read correctly.
It is uncomfortable for some people to even talk about let alone read because of the social biases that have surrounded this book. With being such a “controversial” book, this book has been consistently, over the life time of its existence, a top seller. It actually has sold the most copies over any other book in the history of mankind. This book has cause more debate and more questions, as well as taken more lives and saved more lives than any other book in history. With all the questions and controversy behind this book, there is one thing that remains constant. In this book, if you were able to put away all the content you may feel is controversial, there are TRUTHS in this book that just cannot be broken.
In science there are laws. The Law of Time, Law of Motion, Law of Gravity, etc. and the reason why they are considered “Laws” is because they are Truths. The $500 Millionaire’s definition of a TRUTH is something that produces the same result every time. Meaning if you take a ball and drop it, in a natural setting with gravity, 100% of the time, that ball will drop down. It will not go up, it will not go left, it will not go right… It will go down. It is a Law and it is a TRUTH. There is No Debate.
For those of you who have ever tried to go against any of these laws, you can probably attest that it doesn’t work…EVER. If you follow these laws or TRUTHS, just like dropping the ball, you will get the same outcome every time. While with the $500 Millionaire I was looking at my bookshelf to see if there were any books I have that he has not read. As I was looking around, I said jokingly, “I would have saved a ton of time and money if I could just have one book that consists of all of these principles”
The $500 Millionaire told me that there was a book like that that is very commonly known. Now I am the first to admit, I have tried to read this book before but it is not an easy read. I have always seen this as a book someone reads when they are lost and need guidance but never as a self-growth book. When I think about what I just said, I think about what I use a business or a growth book for; it is used for guidance. That is what we all use self-growth books for. I was just too closed minded that I never looked at this book as any more than to help lost people.
It was NEVER expressed to me that it could be used for that until this weekend. I was too thick headed to see past the different beliefs or stories that just didn’t make sense to me to see that this book had each and every principle that myself, the $500 Millionaire, and a large majority of successful people follow (whether they know it or not).
If you haven’t realized what book I am talking about, or forgot what the title of this post was, I am talking about Holly Bible. It is one book that when it is offered to someone to read, for some reason, in today’s society, it is a controversial book. To some, it is an insult if they are suggested to read this book…WHAT?? With all the filth and garbage that is considered a best seller and this book is controversial??? As of today the New York Times and Amazon’s Best seller is 50 Shades of Gray and to some, that’s considered OK to talk about at dinner, with friends, at work, or on TV, but when someone looks at the Bible, now it is a strange book to read and is not an openly accepted topic for discussion. THIS IS CRAZY!
With that being said I want to make it very clear that I do not consider myself to be very religious and I do not belong to any form of organized religion. To me, Sunday is a day for football and to prepare myself for the week. As I was talking with the $500 Millionaire he asked, “What principles do you follow that make you more successful than others?” I was caught off guard because I never really thought about it but I then started saying some of the things I do and the principles that I follow that have lead me to success. Most of them I have learned from the most common self-growth books and some from mentors. When I would explain my principles, there was EASILY a specific Biblical reference for each principle. I do not mean things like sacrificing a lamb or Moses seeing a burning bush…those are stories. I am talking about indisputable, concrete principles that came directly from the bible.
Now when someone relates an issue in life to a story in the bible, it frustrates me when they stretch the story to make it relate to the specific issue in order to find guidance. But please understand you CAN NOT stretch, change, spin, or manipulate TRUTHS or Principles. It is just not possible. The stretching of the stories to be used as guidance is one of the many things that turned me away from the Bible. But these principles hold true. There was no debating this. If you are trying to find fault in the Bible please understand this is not what I am talking about here. I am not trying to say that the stories of the bible are true, things like God created the world in seven days are up for debate and I will not debate if they are true or not. That is not why I have this new interest for the Bible. To me, the stories are not the most powerful thing in the Bible and whether you agree with that aspect or not, this is still applicable to you.
No matter your religious beliefs, even if you DO NOT believe in religion, the Bible is the source of TRUTHS of success. There is no arguing that. An overwhelming majority of the concepts in success books that actually work can be tied directly to biblical principles. If you doubt this, so did I and trust me I am still doing a ton of research. I can tell you this, the more and more I dig, there is no arguing that a TRUTH is a TRUTH. I am finding more and more parallels between Biblical Principles and every book/principle I have used to grow my business, my life, and my relationships to the levels of success that they are today.
Again please try to look at this with an open mind and understand that I am NOT discussing if the story of the Bible are true or not. What I am saying is if you read the bible, as you read a self-growth book, you will understand EVERY key concept and TRUTH of success by reading this one book (I understand technically the Bible is over 60 books). I have no problems if you disagree with all the stories in the Bible but again, if you go against a law or a truth, they always produce the same outcome. If you do not believe me…try it.
Here is our challenge for you and this is not us trying to push religion on any one. We challenge you to read the Bible as if you were reading a self-growth book. Think about your favorite self-growth author and why you listen to them. If you are like me it is because you have tried their suggestions and it has worked. I do not agree with EVERY word in every book but I still gain value from reading them. Just like we discussed finding mentors in (WWYD) What Would Yoda Do, it is ok to read the Bible as if you are at a buffet, you take what you need and leave the rest.
The $500 Millionaire can give you a list of these principles if you would like, just let us know and we will get it out to you.
Try reading the bible in this way, and see if you can find any correlations between some of the core principles that you have been following and that you see in the self-growth books/blogs. If you are running a successful business, if you have a successful marriage, if you are a successful parent, please do not be surprised if you are already doing some of these TRUTHS. It does not mean you are overly religious but it is very “IRONIC” that when you look at the core principles of the Bible, success is easily spelled out for anyone to read and understand. No matter if you read the Bible every day or if you are someone like me who has been to church less than 5 times and has never, before now, looked at the bible in this way, do yourself a favor and save yourself a lot of time and money on this self-growth/ success stuff and go to the source of it all…We promise you, you will be surprised with what you find.