Is the Bible a Practical Guide
Let's look at the book of James
The text in the Book of James comes down to us in a bullet format as if it were the distillation of a lifetime of thoughtful sermons. The subject matter is universal and timely for it is made up of some of the highest concerns of the earliest Christians. However, the book seldom mentions Christ and does not refer to the resurrection. In fact, Martin Luther said that the book was "full of straw" because it contained little or nothing that was evangelical. Nevertheless, the book is loaded with good advice about how to live a good and Christian life.
A person who closely follows James's imperatives cannot go wrong. Although James does not teach us how to come nearer the lord through salvation, he does tell us how a just man orders his daily existence. James, throughout his life, was known as James the Just, because of the correctness of his actions, the uprightness of his demeanor and the strength of his character.