Our transformation to Christianity is a step in divine revelation and a step of faith in the face of the unknown. God communicates to us in many ways so I started to think, why do we need the bible? Why doesn't our prayer life do it? Why doesn't God give us a constant live feed through our dreams...wouldn't it be enough?
No. It wouldn't. There are a couple things. The unadorned, consistant word of the Lord puring in and infiltrating your entire being changes how we think and meditate on life. The word of God has power. We know this...the true name of God cannot be uttered lest the Universe explodes from the use of the true name of God. If His name has that much power, so will his repeated word through divine inspiration of the saints.
There is something else that I received from the Lord concerning the bible. In L'engle's Walking On Water, she says, "Reading about the response of people in stories, plays, poems, helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning. If my faith falters, I may well give it a surge of renewal if I think of the story of Ananias and Paul."
What I take from this is that as we are divinely turned toward Christ, we can get strength in our walk by reading about others who traveled the way. The stories in the bible are truth, metaphor, power to change our lives and strength for our walk.