Is Reading The Bible Really That Important?

Why do so few people read the Bible?

I’m not talking about a random verse pulled out to make a point, I’m talking about the book itself…the entity… this thing that’s the foundation of our faith. I don’t know of a topic that’s more important!

God’s Word is eternal….it’ll last beyond the internet, American Idol, the iPad, the Final Four… everything. In heaven, we’ll recognize the words, the wisdom and the authors, and we’ll never tire of learning what it all means.

But why bother now?  Why not wait ‘til heaven when we’ll have all the time in the world? (….or out of the world?) Besides, is this stuff really important? Is it really true? Why can’t I “get into it”?

There is the fact God’s Word has been around…unchanged for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and that almost half the world’s population believe its essence. A friend of mine was ready to commit his life to the nine “insights” spelled out in The Celestine Prophecy . I asked “Wow, what if the author changes his mind, or discovers some new truth?” Shortly after, The Tenth Insight was published. My friend became a Christ-follower.

Isn’t it smarter to build your life on a plan that has been time-tested?  The Biblical approach to life is wise, effective, stable, unchanging, and true.

“But isn’t the Bible just a compendium of stories and folklore, pieced together by church people with a motive?”

Sounds convincing, until you try to explain how the Dead Sea Scrolls perfectly matched earlier manuscripts, and they were untouched by church people from the time they were recorded until their discovery in the 1950’s. The Bible is true. You can depend on it.

But is it relevant? You bet it is!

Here’s just one example…

You get a new job, have your first child, or move to a new church. You’re scared out of your skin! But when you read II Timothy 1:7, God tells you that “the spirit of fear is not of God, but God is love, power and a sound mind”. Suddenly, you realize “Hey, I can do this! God loves me! This fear I’m feeling isn’t coming from Him….I have His power within me….I can discipline myself….I have a sound mind!…Let’s get on with it!” You’re no longer afraid.

And one more point…

The Bible is supernatural!

I’m not kidding!

Remember Hebrews 4:12? “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Paraphrase: “God will use His Word to help you sort out your thoughts and attitudes in regard to what you want (e.g. your “heart”).

What that means to me is this. When I read it and then ask “God, what are you teaching me here?” or “Lord, what would you have me do?” and then listen, He often gives me wisdom that I’m just not smart enough to have thought up on my own. I do it. I also write it down in my journal, because I don’t want to forget. Much of what’s written on these blog posts has been discovered this way.

So…

Read your Bible.

And chat with the Author  of it all as you read. Pray. Ask questions. Listen to His answers and instructions.

Question: Do you read the Bible in an interactive way with the Author?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

8 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Ps. 119:98-99 – “Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, for Thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged because I have observed Thy precepts.
    The Bible not only does those things above, it gives me power to live like God wants me to live.

    • Regi Campbell says:

      Thanks for the comment Tom. “For they are ever mine” is a reminder to hide His Word in our hearts…memorize, meditate, let it sink deep within. Over time, we’ll be different!

  2. Susan Fisher says:

    Absolutely! I come to the table for Word every morning. He feeds me with Truth that permeates every ounce of my being. I speak His words back to Him in praise and adoration. My time in the Bible is time with my LORD as he encourages, teaches, corrects and prepares me for the day ahead. He is fully present with me. We share a beautiful relaltionship. Day by day…moment by moment

  3. I agree Regi, time in the Word of God is very important to our lives and relationships.

    I try to spend time early in the morning with God. Reading His word, praying, and doing a devotional. It’s a great way to start off the morning and get that relationship going.

  4. Carel says:

    Regi,
    You have a great ability to make the supernatural of Christianity and the Bible easy to understand and practical. Thank you!

    I don’t always understand everything during my daily Bible reading, but I know the difference if I don’t read my Bible.

    If you really want a power boost, start memorizing verses and chapters.

  5. Craig says:

    I believe there are many factors why people don’t read the Bible. One being the different views that are out there give them a way out of having to really dig into the word of God and search out the Truth for themselves. It gives them the ability to just dump anything they don’t understand into that bucket or they just spiritualize it to make sense of it. Another is that we hold a piece of paper to a high standard. What I mean is that someone who has completed a plan of study we have this preconceived notion that that person knows everything about the subject matter. When we do that with a preacher or minister and we expect him to teach us the Bible we are reducing our relationship down to a man. I will be so bold to say that that is most professed Christians. Isn’t the Church for fellowship and corporate worship? Clearly the Bible tells us that we are called into a deep intimate relationship with the Lord. Was that not his plan from the very beginning? He chose a people out of the world to work out his redemptive plan and relationship with all mankind. People will have to realize that true learning and the relationship comes through spending time alone with God and in his Word. John 14 & 16 Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and lead us into all truth. How much is all? In 1 John we are told that we do not need man to teach us that we have the anointing or the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t contradict God’s word in that we need teachers, preacher, evangelists, etc., but that at some point you have to move on into a deeper relationship with the Lord and that doesn’t happen at “church”. I am not saying don’t go to church. I think that it is healthy for the relationship to go to church. But on the same token our sole purpose in going to church shouldn’t be to learn. That is not to say you cannot learn there or that you won’t. Like I said it should be for fellowship and corporate worship of God.

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