Updated: Jan 12
Though It Can Save Their Lives
The Bible is probably one of the most controversial texts of our time. But, of course, this doesn't come as a surprise since it is a canon of historical documents, prophecies, letters, and songs, to name a few, written by over 15 people. Despite the controversy, the Bible remains essential in the Christian faith because it provides insight into God's Kingdom.
There are two ways that I like to look at the Bible: (1) As an ongoing story of a King and His family; (2) As the Kingdom of Heaven's constitution, which outlines the framework of our government, establishes our fundamental rights, and serves as the supreme law of the land.
Since we all have families and live in countries where we must be law-abiding citizens, why don't more people study their Bibles? I have a few thoughts...
Accessibility – People may not have access to the Bible or know how to obtain one
This might not be a significant issue in the West, but it is a problem in some parts of the world. Sometimes, people don't have access to or funds to purchase a physical Bible or are unaware of free versions online, assuming they have access to technology.
Language – People may not be familiar with the Bible's language, making it difficult to understand.
The Bible is not as easy to read as many think, especially if you first encounter the King James Version. While the KJV is considered the standard/recommended version, Old English presents a difficult barrier to cross.
Lack of time – It can be difficult to make time for Bible study when life is busy.
Studying the Bible is like running a marathon--it takes a long time; however, the reward is greater than the time sacrificed.
Lack of knowledge – People may not understand the Bible or have the knowledge to interpret it.
To study the Bible, people must learn research skills, have patience, and learn how to hear God. While the Bible is the sure word of prophecy and the foundational word of God, Holy Spirit will begin to reveal mysteries when we partner with Him.
Distractions – It can be hard to focus on Bible study when there are so many distractions around us.
Distractions by design subtract from our lives. With so many exciting things at our fingertips, it is easy to get caught up in the smoke and mirrors of life or social media.
Fear of criticism – People may be afraid of what others will think about them if they study the Bible.
Since the Bible is mainly open to interpretation, many feel intimidated by the open-ended text. I've also learned that some think that if their interpretation differs from that of other religious leaders, then they are wrong, which isn't necessarily true.
Misunderstanding – People may have a misunderstanding of what the Bible teaches and how it can help in their lives.
Many see the Bible as an ancient historical document, which it is on the surface; however, it is so much more. The Bible provides a structure and set of rules to which our Kingdom government must adhere. Like the Constitution, it ensures that our Kingdom society remains equitable and just.
Long story short, you can't play the game successfully if you don't know the rules.
Tomorrow, I'm hosting a live teaching and I want you to be my special guest. Can I count on you to attend?