The Bible should be studied and read because it's God's Word to us. As 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, the Bible is literally "God-breathed". This basically means that God is speaking to us through the words in the Bible. The Scriptures contain God's answers to many questions that have been asked by philosophers. Why do I struggle to do good? How do I get to heaven? Where did I come from? Why is the world full of evil? Is there life after death? What is the purpose of life? Along with answering all of these critical questions, the Bible provides advice that is practical in the following areas: How can a person victoriously handle the bad events and unfair circumstances of life? What really matters in life? What is success and how does a person achieve it? How can I be a good friend? What should a person look for in a mate? How can I live my life without looking back with regret? How can I change? How does a person become a good parent? What is the key to having a successful marriage?
The Bible Can Be Easily Verified
The Bible should be read and studied because God's word is perfect -- without any error and completely reliable. The Bible doesn't simply teach morals and expect readers to blindly trust these teachings. This makes it special among all of the so-called "holy" books. Instead, readers are able to check the Bible's accuracy by verifying the many detailed prophecies that are contained within it. The scientific facts and historical accounts in the Bible can also be easily researched and verified. People who claim that the Bible is full of mistakes simply do not want to accept the truth. Jesus once posed a question that was very though provoking. Between "Rise, take up your bed and walk" and "Your sins are forgiven you," which is easier to say? He went on to prove that He was able to forgive sins (which can not be seen with the naked eye) by healing the paralytic (which could be seen by those around HIM). The Bible assures that the Word of God is true as it relates to spiritual topics that we are not able to verify with our senses. It offers this assurance by proving its accuracy in areas than can be easily tested, such as prophecies, science and historical information.
Man's Nature Never Changes
The Bible should be read and studied because the nature of man does not change and God does not change. The information it contains is as relevant today as the day it was written. Even though technology continues to change, the desires and nature of man never change. As the Scriptures have shown us, it does not matter if we are talking about societies or one-on-one relationships, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). While satisfaction and love are sought in the wrong places by mankind, God lets us know what things will bring us everlasting happiness. Jesus believed the Bible was so important that he said, "Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Basically, in order for people to get the most out of life, they must obey the written Word of God.
The Bible Helps Us to Avoid False Teachings
The Bible should be read and studied because the world is filled with false teachings. The Bible gives us a means by which we can tell the difference between truth and errors. It allows us to know what God is like. Having the wrong impression of God is the same as worshipping a false god or idol. The Bible gives us insight regarding how to get to heaven. Achieving this has nothing to do with being baptized, being good or anything else we do (Romans 3:10-18, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-13; Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 14:6). The Word of God allows us to see how much He loves us (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8). After learning this, we naturally love God in return (1 John 4:19).
The Bible Gives Us Insight On How to Live Our Lives
The Bible prepares us for serving God (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:17). It enables us to learn how we can be saved from our various sins and their ultimate consequences (2 Timothy 3:15). Obeying the teachings of God and meditating on His Word will bring success in life (James 1:25; Joshua 1:8). The Word of God allows us to see our own sin and enables us to eliminate it (Psalm 119:9, 11). It makes us wiser than our teachers and provides us with guidance in our lives (Proverbs 1:6; Psalm 32:8, 119:99). The Bible prevents us from wasting our lives pursuing things that don't matter and won't last (Matthew 7:24-27).
The Bible Shows Us the Consequences of Sin
When the Bible is read and studied, it allows us to see through the appeal of sinful temptations. This helps us to learn from the mistakes of others so that we can avoid going down the same path. Experience is an excellent way to learn, but this learning becomes more difficult when it comes from sin. Learning from the mistakes of others is much easier. The amount of Bible characters that we can learn from is enormous. There are characters that can represent role models that are both negative and positive at various points in their lives. David, as one example, when he defeats Goliath, teaches us the lesson that God is far greater than anything He asks us to face (1 Samuel 17:1-58). When David commits adultery with Bathsheba, we learn that the consequences of a moment of sinful pleasure can last a very long time (2 Samuel 11:1-26).
Use What the Bible Teaches You
You should not simply read the Bible, you should study it and apply its teachings to your life. If you don't do this, it would be similar to chewing food and spitting it out. Nothing is gained by doing this. The Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, it is equally as binding as nature's laws. If we choose to ignore it, we are only hurting ourselves, the same as if we chose to ignore the law of gravity. The importance of the Bible in our lives can't be understated. The study of the Bible is similar to gold mining. If minimal effort is used to simply sift through a stream's pebbles, only a small amount of gold will be found. If more effort is made to dig into it, a greater reward will be gained.
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