Why Read the Bible?
today’s hi-tech world reading has become passé - that’s old fashioned, out
dated. Though you can get the Bible on-line and on many other tech devices, the
best way to get its benefits, believe it or not, is to sit down and read The
Book. The problems that most people have are that they are just plain lazy,
distracted, or dumbed down by the sound bite forms of communication in our day.
It’s not only the Bible that gets unread; it’s become rare that anyone reads
anything other than the abbreviated text on their phone. This leaves lives to
be lived in foolishness and ignorance, and the whole nation/world is left in
than likely this article, like all articles, will be read by a very small group
of people so my admonition will probably be taken by those that don’t need it.
However, please consider the following train of thought; you might encourage
Bible verses should give us something to think about. First – the Bible shares
the fact in Genesis 1:27 that “. . . God
created man in His own image. . .” The second passage is found in
3:16. Paul writes, “All Scripture is
breathed out by God . . .” I’m taking for granted that my readers are like
those of us that accept and believe the Bible to be God’s Word and that He is
our Creator. If you don’t share these beliefs maybe you’ll realize something in
this article about our unique intellectual ability as human beings compared to
the rest of earth’s sentient creatures. Our intelligence sets us apart from all
the rest of the animal kingdom – of this there can be no opposing argument. The
evolutionist finds that he is left with a serious problem as how to explain
such things; in fact, there is no serious explanation in that “theory” as to
how we became so knowledgeable.
two verses previously mentioned tell us some very important things about
ourselves, our abilities, and responsibilities. As stated in Genesis, God has
created us and we are created in His own image. This does not mean that God was
once a human being and evolved to become God. Nor does it mean that we are
little god’s created by a big God. At the core of this idea of being created in
God’s image is the idea that we are able to think to a great extent like God
and also have the abilities of communication. I’m sure there can be a larger
discussion on this subject; however, my intent is to help us better appreciate
our ability and need for reading what our Creator has given us.
I’ve said, we have a unique capacity to think, comprehend, to evaluate and to
process information because of the intellectual capabilities God has placed
within us. Even in our fallen state we still have substantially huge potential.
This is seen in the very technologies that help us and too often distract us.
God gave humans this intellectual ability for mankind to help himself and those
around him but more importantly, that we might know Him.
it goes to reason, God created us to think and also communicate with languages
both verbal and by written symbols. This is obvious by the numerous ways that
humankind has chosen to write, such as cuneiform, hieroglyphics, Sanskrit,
etc., all showing the God given ability to write, read, and comprehend. This
should tell us that God untended His human creatures to read as a tool to
broaden their understanding. When you consider that our Creator not only
revealed Himself to us in the creation around us, but also “breathed” out words
and had the prophets and apostles write them down, we are left with the obvious
consideration that He expects us to use this attribute of intelligence to know
and understand Him. Yet, in our contemporary environment, people remain in
ignorance about God and His will for them. Add to this the fact that we here in
America have endless books about God, the Bible, and numerous translations in
English; it goes to show that we have abundant encouragement and opportunity to
know Him and understand His will for our lives. Our neglect to use these
opportunities shows our rebellion against our Creator who has graciously sought
fallen condition becomes very obvious when we see this lack of concern for
spiritual things, not only among the world in general but among those that
claim to be Christian. Churches everywhere have gone to entertainment rather
than helping people seek the content of what God has revealed in His Word. As I
said, reading has become passé and, I add, Bible study is near extinct.
contend that true Christianity and true Christians are concerned about truth
and this, of course, can only be found in the God of truth. The world hates God
so truth has little respect among the unsaved. When we consider the ministry of
the Holy Spirit, who was sent to the Christian by the Father, we come to an
even greater realization that God wants us to know truth and live by that
truth. This means something to the born-again heart and mind. The natural
person, Paul says in 1 Cor. 2:14“. . .
does not accept the things of the Spirit of God for they are folly to him and
he is not able to understand them. . .”So, we are to believe that beyond
the natural God given abilities to read, write, speak, and even comprehend,
there is the unique ability, given by God to His chosen people, to understand
beyond the common human ability. The first set of intellectual tools was given
under the first, physical creation which we all are part of; however, the
second set of tools is given in the new creation of which only the child of God
can appreciate. Paul tells Timothy that this God breathed scripture is “.
. . profitable for teaching, for reproof (conviction), correction
(improvement), for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be
competent (complete), equipped for every good word” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The word of God is taught to the
Christian by the Spirit of God, thus, truth is understood.
world has no use for such information. As Paul says, these things are
foolishness to them. However, for those of us that know Christ as Lord and
Savior, His Word is of vital importance to us. So, the challenge must be – are
we paying attention to this Book of all books in which God has revealed Himself
and His will? It was once said that certain employers would advertise, “Send me
a man that reads.” Pastors who care about God’s will for their flock will be
saying, “Send me people that read – their Bibles.” This makes for a more
knowledgeable, teachable congregation; and I might add, a more mature,
individual Christian who needs less maintenance and can “teach others also.”
all about gaining the content of God’s Word in our hearts and minds so that our
lives will bear fruit for His glory!