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Title: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Mark on January 06, 2012, 11:12:12 am
"Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"

Answer: We should read and study the Bible because it is God's Word to us. The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good? In addition to these "big" questions, the Bible gives much practical advice in areas such as: What do I look for in a mate? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good friend? How can I be a good parent? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I change? What really matters in life? How can I live so that I do not look back with regret? How can I handle the unfair circumstances and bad events of life victoriously?

We should read and study the Bible because it is totally reliable and without error. The Bible is unique among so-called "holy" books in that it does not merely give moral teaching and say, "Trust me." Rather, we have the ability to test it by checking the hundreds of detailed prophecies that it makes, by checking the historical accounts it records, and by checking the scientific facts it relates. Those who say the Bible has errors have their ears closed to the truth. Jesus once asked which is easier to say, "Your sins are forgiven you," or "Rise, take up your bed and walk." Then He proved He had the ability to forgive sins (something we cannot see with our eyes) by healing the paralytic (something those around Him could test with their eyes). Similarly, we are given assurance that God's Word is true when it discusses spiritual areas that we cannot test with our senses by showing itself true in those areas that we can test, such as historical accuracy, scientific accuracy, and prophetic accuracy.

We should read and study the Bible because God does not change and because mankind's nature does not change; it is as relevant for us as it was when it was written. While technology changes, mankind's nature and desires do not change. We find, as we read the pages of biblical history, that whether we are talking about one-on-one relationships or societies, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). And while mankind as a whole continues to seek love and satisfaction in all of the wrong places, God—our good and gracious Creator—tells us what will bring us lasting joy. His revealed Word, the Bible, is so important that Jesus said of it, "Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). In other words, if we want to live life to the fullest, as God intended, we must listen to and heed God's written Word.

We should read and study the Bible because there is so much false teaching. The Bible gives us the measuring stick by which we can distinguish truth from error. It tells us what God is like. To have a wrong impression of God is to worship an idol or false god. We are worshiping something that He is not. The Bible tells us how one truly gets to heaven, and it is not by being good or by being baptized or by anything else we do (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:1-10; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10-18, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-13). Along this line, God's Word shows us just how much God loves us (Romans 5:6-8; John 3:16). And it is in learning this that we are drawn to love Him in return (1 John 4:19).

The Bible equips us to serve God (2 Timothy 3:17; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12). It helps us know how to be saved from our sin and its ultimate consequence (2 Timothy 3:15). Meditating on God’s Word and obeying its teachings will bring success in life (Joshua 1:8; James 1:25). God’s Word helps us see sin in our lives and helps us get rid of it (Psalm 119:9, 11). It gives us guidance in life, making us wiser than our teachers (Psalm 32:8, 119:99; Proverbs 1:6). The Bible keeps us from wasting years of our lives on that which does not matter and will not last (Matthew 7:24-27).

Reading and studying the Bible helps us see beyond the attractive "bait" to the painful "hook" in sinful temptations, so that we can learn from others' mistakes rather than making them ourselves. Experience is a great teacher, but when it comes to learning from sin, it is a terribly hard teacher. It is so much better to learn from others' mistakes. There are so many Bible characters to learn from, some of whom can serve as both positive and negative role models at different times in their lives. For example, David, in his defeat of Goliath, teaches us that God is greater than anything He asks us to face (1 Samuel 17), while his giving in to the temptation to commit adultery with Bathsheba reveals just how long-lasting and terrible the consequences of a moment's sinful pleasure can be (2 Samuel 11).

The Bible is a book that is not merely for reading. It is a book for studying so that it can be applied. Otherwise, it is like swallowing food without chewing and then spitting it back out again—no nutritional value is gained by it. The Bible is God's Word. As such, it is as binding as the laws of nature. We can ignore it, but we do so to our own detriment, just as we would if we ignored the law of gravity. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough just how important the Bible is to our lives. Studying the Bible can be compared to mining for gold. If we make little effort and merely "sift through the pebbles in a stream," we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to really dig into it, the more reward we will gain for our effort.

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Kilika on January 06, 2012, 04:28:41 pm
Because Jesus says to!

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39 (KJB)

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 23, 2012, 08:57:55 am
Oddly, maybe albeit unsurprisingly, Churchianity of today ALMOST NEVER says this. It's as if the pastors of these churches are infallible b/c of their "seminary" degrees, so therefore they have all the answers. No, they don't directly say to throw out your bibles, but at the same time this system is very crafty in terms of deceiving their pews to gain their "trust"...so therefore what's the point in doing bible studies?

Been there, done there - in my previous church, FWIW, the pastor had all these "visions", one of them being to move into a new million dollar complex, and he ended up getting this "vision" after a prayer breakfast with the Mayor, and during that "40 days of purpose" time that church did. But here are the problems...1) The mayor at the time was an UNBELIEVER, so they sure weren't praying to Jesus Christ! and 2) He somehow got a "vision" from Jesus Christ during a time of pagan worship!

Ultimately, it's just mystifying over why people will automatically think some pastor or missionary is a true, true man of God, so therefore we have to pay heed to everything they say and do. For the record, Romans 2 clearly says NO MAN is righteous, NOT one. AND throughout scripture it says that it's GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS that's imputed on us b/c of our belief on the name of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, his death, blood atonement, and recurrection.

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Christian40 on June 12, 2012, 04:01:22 am

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Kilika on June 12, 2012, 04:56:57 am
26   Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 
27   Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26,27 (KJB)

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2012, 10:21:16 am
26   Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 
27   Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26,27 (KJB)

Speaking of this passage, doesn't it make anyone else just a tad bit mad when Churchianity of today makes up these doctrines that are WAY out of whack?

For example, can't tell you how many people I've crossed paths with that claimed to be *incredibly spiritual* b/c they pray, fast, and read their bibles much, much more than anyone else. So it's as if there's not an ounce of worldliness, and even sin in their flesh and bones - that they were rewarded by being anointed as a prophet(or even an Apostle) by God by being shown all of these "visions"(and yes, that includes somehow that they can see other people's sins and demonic spirits). So ultimately they achieved this level of *pureness* which is how they got to be where they are(supposedly).

For one, it's NOT in scripture(in the King James Bible scripture, that is) - remember when Peter denied Jesus 3 times? Or how about Thomas? Didn't he INSIST that he had to SEE Jesus in his resurrected body for himself before he believed? Wasn't Paul on his way to Damascus to persecute more Christians before Jesus came to him(and appointed him an Apostle shortly thereafter)? Or how about the night when Jesus was lead away by the chief priests for crucifixition? Didn't he have to urge his disciples to stay awake to pray, and how the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak?(then went on to let them have their sleep)

Uhhh...it wasn't like Peter, Thomas, Paul, etc had to "achieve" some "high level of pureness" with some "hard praying and studying" to get to be Apostles, right? There were a couple of other instances where Peter was rebuked(one by Paul in Galatians).

And can't tell you other times when we hear stuff like how "such and such pastor had this *vision* to build a million dollar church, and to set up Christian marriage counseling b/c God gave him a vision to do so". Whatever...

Aren't these other cases when it just makes your blood boil a tad bit? Seriously - they are setting a REALLY bad example to other Christians, both baby and non-baby. When other Christians are then trying to mold themselves after these people, and then see they themselves aren't getting any so-called "visions", "dreams", "achieving pureness", etc...they're going to go crazy and potentially fall away from the faith.

Title: Top 5 Words of the King James Bible Revealed
Post by: Christian40 on January 29, 2013, 11:15:10 pm

This video shows a word count analysis performed on the King James Bible with some surprising results!

Title: Re: "Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?"
Post by: hannahj on January 31, 2013, 09:37:49 am
That video is great.Truly amazing