There's a story told about a tourist who visited a small village in western Africa. She saw on her walk around, a collection of television sets stacked four deep in a hut at the end of the village. This same village had received electricity just a few years earlier. No doubt some manufacturer had presented the people with the essential TV's. But the tourist was obviously confused by the fact that they were not used and so she went to talk to the village chief. She asked him, "Why don't your people use the television sets." The chief replied, "We have our storyteller." But she replied, "Maybe so, but the television has the capacity for thousands of stories." "That's true", said the chief, "but our storyteller knows us."
Nothing can compete with those who know our story best. The Gospels are a collection of stories about Jesus. Like the storyteller above, he knows us better than anyone else. Nothing can replace the intimacy, love and understanding he brings to all our lives.