Sunday, July 17, 2016

Read and Study the Bible!

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

So many people want to argue about what the Bible says, but how many people actually read it and study it?  

The Bible is a rich book.  It was written over a period of 1600 years by 40 human authors and it contains one central message: The only way to salvation is through the Messiah, the anointed One  -- Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Instead of reading it and studying it for themselves, so many people are content to have it interpreted by others.   They receive its message through the filter of their denomination and their culture.  Some receive a severely distorted message through a religious cult.  Others even receive the warped interpretations of opponents of the Christian faith.

The Bible was not written to be filtered.  While we can learn from what others have discovered by reading it and studying it, that is no replacement for reading it and studying it ourselves.

Read the Bible.  Study the Bible.  Let its words cleanse your soul.  

Then, you can proclaim these words of the Psalmist:

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."  (Psalm 119:105 ESV)

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