It seems that there’s a trend happening today where many Christians feel it’s not necessary to have or read a Bible because they can hear from God without it. This can be dangerous when we assume that the voice we are hearing is God speaking to us. It’s not an option to ask, “Why do I need the Bible?”
The Bible is not just a book. Every word in it was given by God to faithful men to write down and record so that we could read them and know the heart of God. There is NO other way to know God. We can experience His love around us through other believers; we can see His glory in the beauty of nature and the magnitude of the universe; we can even sense His presence in the center of worship music, BUT we canNOT know God unless we read what He has given to us to read.
- All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:16-17
There are many books on the market that are replacing the Holy Bible because they are written by people who have interpreted the Scriptures their own way to appease the itching ears of so-called believers. There are also many good books that are written to help believers in their walk with God. How to know the difference? The authors of the latter encourage the readers to study their Bibles so they can know God, and they don’t write anything contrary to the Scriptures. Such are the books written by this author.
When we receive Jesus as our Savior, He also becomes our Lord, and that means that we serve Him! We follow Him. We read our Bibles and get His truth deep into our hearts so that we can know Him and obey Him and do His will. We canNOT do these things if we don’t know God, and we canNOT know God by any other means except by what He has given to us in the Scriptures.
- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.—2 Timothy 2:15
Not all that glitters is gold! We are warned many times in the New Testament (of course, you have to read it to know this) that in these last days, there will be many false leaders and doctrines. Deception is at an all-time high! People are foolishly being deceived into following false Christianity because they do NOT know the Scriptures and cannot tell the difference between truth and a lie.
Contrary to this new Christianity, you canNOT get into Heaven unless you repent of your sins, ask Jesus to be your Savior and forgive you, and then fill you with His Spirit. No one will get into Heaven who has not received Jesus as their Savior; no one will get into Heaven who continues to live in sin.
- Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”—Acts 2:38
God does speak to us in our hearts, but how will you know it’s God talking and not Satan if you don’t know God, don’t know what God’s will is, and don’t have His words in your heart to verify what is being said? You can’t! This is why it is SO dangerous to not read your Bible! The devil can deceive you into thinking that the little voice of comfort is God when it’s really him. And this delusion can cost you your life!
When God speaks to our heart, it is verified by Scripture. He will NOT tell us anything that isn’t already witnessed in His Words, which are the Scriptures. God’s Holy Spirit lives in us and acts only on God’s Words. So, if we are praying and we hear a small, still voice that tells us something, what He is saying will be witnessed by what we have learned in the Scriptures.
God’s Holy Spirit lives in us to keep us in the constant presence of God, our Father. It is His Spirit who teaches us—not the world! It is God’s Spirit who instructed men to write the Bible, and it is God’s Spirit who will teach the hidden things of the Bible to us. We canNOT learn anything about God or His plan or His truth unless God teaches us. But, how will we learn if we don’t read the Bible?
- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.—John 14:26
Jesus said in the Scripture above, “whatever I have said to you” and where do we learn the things that Jesus said? In the Bible!
The world cannot know God. It has its own versions of what it thinks God is, and it has many of its own gods that the people believe are the God of Heaven. However, there is only ONE God, only ONE way to Heaven, and only ONE way to know God, and that is to read the Scriptures prayerfully so that you can know the truth, live in the truth, and not be deceived by the wiles of this dark world.
- Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6
God has not changed. What He said six thousand years ago still stands today. The prophecies throughout the Scriptures all speak of Christ, of His birth, His dying for our sins, and His eminent and soon return to this earth as King. The world changes all the time, always falling further away from God. Now, just as it says in Isaiah 5:20, good is called evil, and evil is called good; all are an abomination to God who defined good and evil.
It is crucial for every believer to study the Bible so they can know God, His ways, His laws, His judgments, His blessings and His plans for this earth. This world is heading into the Great Tribulation and it will become so wicked that it’s beyond our imagination. We need to know God and to be ready because He is going to call all the real believers to join Him in the clouds—and very soon. Many people who call themselves Christians will miss this miraculous event simply because they didn’t read their Bibles, had no idea that Jesus was coming, and weren’t ready. (Matthew 25:1-10)
Yes, we need the Bible because the words in it are life to us who believe in Jesus and who love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength!
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Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! … ronnie