Bible Reading: is it worthwhile?

In the previous chapter we have seen that in Christianity came different movements, having the main churches gone far away from the Biblical Truth, always bringing contra-movements or groups doing their best to search in the Bible for the biblical Truth.
The reaction by protestants against the Roman Catholic Church brought at first the bible to the people, but in later years the reading of the Scriptures also got on the third plan.

Throughout the ages there have always been people looking for a sound biblical Church, preferring to keep to the Biblical doctrines instead of to human doctrines.

Why should everyone take the time to read the Bible regularly and carefully?

It’s the all-time best seller, a message to humanity from the Creator of the universe, but many people cannot find the time to read it.
Some may think the Bible is too long, or difficult in parts, and would require too much effort from them. Actually parts of the Bible make very interesting reading, without much effort.

Remember the story of Joseph and his brothers?
And have you tried the Acts of the Apostles?
And for a thriller, the book of Esther will take some beating.

It can’t be seriously suggested that God could have made a much better job of His message, and that a shorter, simpler book would have been more suitable.
God is the Creator, and He knew exactly what He was doing when He gave us the Bible.

A Book of books given to us

God’s Book comes to us like it is, because this is the best way.
A simpler, shorter message would not have served the purpose of the Author. God has communicated with us, in the way that He has done, for a reason.
The gift that God offers us is nothing less than eternal life.

“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ” (Romans 6: 23).

Our minds are not big enough to understand the greatness of this offer; but at least we know that it is a truly amazing gift. Only a loving, immortal God could provide it for us.

Eternal life can only be God-given: it’s not something we can earn. Yet God’s gift will be reserved for those who appreciate it, and desire it intensely. God’s Book is admirably designed to test, and develops, our desire for God’s blessings.

“For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4: 12).

Whoever makes the effort to read and understand the Bible shows they are interested in God’s gift. They desire to receive
God’s wisdom and to have a part in His eternal purpose.

“The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live” (Psalm 119: 144).

Daily reading of God’s Book develops our taste for it, until it becomes our delight.

“O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119: 97).

“How sweet are your words unto my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:103-4).

In this way we learn spiritual principles to guide our lives. Like the Lord Jesus, we learn to love righteousness and hate iniquity, and how to seek first the Kingdom of God.

“Seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6: 33).

Our original desire for God’s blessings, that led us to the Bible, is nurtured by God’s Book, so that it becomes a guiding light for our path in life.
It makes us more like the one whose example we have to follow. For Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

“For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1: 11).

We have the Words of God in the Bible, the book of books, so that we can come to know God and His sent one. These words have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in his name. (Description: John 20: 31)

Inspiration of the Bible

What does “inspiration of the Bible” really mean?

The word inspiration literally means God-breathed. The Bible is “inspired” because the words have been breathed by God Himself. The Apostle Paul described the Scriptures like this:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Peter described the inspired prophets as

“men [who] spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1: 21)

Sometimes God seems to have inspired prophets to write words that they did not fully understand, such as how and when would occur the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow (see 1 Peter 1: 10-12). At other times, the writer seems
to have had more freedom of expression, although God inspired that writer’s thoughts. For example, the writings of Paul are distinctive in their style and language used, but were still inspired by God.

Inspiration does not mean the writers of Scripture were wired for mechanical dictation. God allowed them their individuality and style. They were chosen because God could work through them to bring the Bible into being.

(Find more in our publication: Getting to know the Bible better)

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Preceding

God’s Self-Revelation

The Greatness of the eternal God

The real God

God as Father

Born of the Father

The Love of God

The Wrath of God

The New Testament and Judgement

To be prepared for the Day of Judgment

Living as a believer in Christ

A participation in the body of Christ

Do you believe what Christ’s Apostles taught?

Different wineskins

No insurmountable obstacles to come to know God

The importance of Reading the Scriptures

Today’s thought “Thus says the LORD …” (February 4)

Today’s thought “Ability to circumcise your heart” (May 13)

A Word and helping sites to give answers

Memorizing wonderfully 1 Introduction

the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience

Looking for a biblically sound church

When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church

Next: The Bible: is it contradictory?

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Additional reading

  1. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  2. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  3. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  4. A vital question for believers
  5. Bible basic intro
  6. Bible, best Book of books to get to know the truth
  7. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  8. A collection of holy writings to show God and His Works
  9. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  10. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  11. The faithful God
  12. God Loves All People
  13. God’s forgotten Word 2 Lost Lawbook 1 Who has still interest
  14. Creator and Blogger God 12 Old and New Blog 2 Blog for every day
  15. God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
  16. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  17. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  18. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  19. An uncovering book to explore
  20. Read the Bible: Christadelphians believe that the Bible is the only source of authority for our beliefs
  21. The beginner’s guide to reading the Bible If you’ve never picked up a Bible before, you might think it was just like any other book. It has covers, a beginning and an ending, and lots of pages in between.
  22. Why IS the Bible special? Part 1 Since we believe that the Bible is a special book, here’s the start of a new mini-series presenting different perspectives about it. What makes it so different from any other book, and why is it so important that we read it?
  23. Revolt against the Authority of the Bible
  24. The Bible a book of books
  25. The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
  26. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  27. A masterly copied and reproduced Word to feed the minds
  28. The Word of God in print
  29. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  30. An uncovering book to explore
  31. Appointed to be read
  32. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  33. Unread bestseller
  34. The Bible is a today book
  35. Bible in a nutshell
  36. Backbone book
  37. A Book to trust #13 Books for education and adjustment
  38. A Book to trust #17 Biblical archaeology vs Historical science or study #2 Relevance of Biblical record
  39. Literalist and non-literalist views
  40. When found the necessary books to read and how to read them
  41. Miracles of revelation and of providence 1 Golden Thread and Revelation
  42. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  43. The Need to Understand Genre
  44. Interpreting the Scriptures (Part 5)
  45. Christians remaining hidden not sharing the gospel
  46. The I Am to explore
  47. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  48. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  49. More than just a man with authority of speaking
  50. Devotees and spotters
  51. Followers, protestors and reformers
  52. The Third Word: Scripture twisting is blasphemy
  53. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  54. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  55. Justification – salvation is by grace through faith – JI Packer
  56. Our life depending on faith
  57. Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
  58. Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does
  59. Dedicated daily reading of God’s word to create a vibrant faith within us
  60. Oratory Style
  61. Summerholiday season time to read the Bible
  62. Holiday making and dreaming
  63. Summer holiday time to knock and ask, and time to share
  64. Let us being filled each day by the Word of God
  65. 7 Ways To Become A Better Christian
  66. Preach
  67. The Reformation shows us why we need expository preaching
  68. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  69. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching

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