4 Reasons Why It Still Is…
Do People Still Own Bibles?
…Is the Bible Still Releant?
…Do People Still Own Bibles?
I started pondering this question after one of my daily reading of the Holy Bible, KJV Bible app. There was an ad at the top of the page asking for donations towards Bible translations. That got me to thinking about access to the Bible.
It dawned on me that this is another privilege that I have is that I have grown up around Bibles my entire lives. I read from my physical Bible daily, even when my relationship was difficult with God. It was like there was always a pull toward the Bible for me, I have never stopped fully reading the Bible.
Are Bibles Legal Where You Live?
Have you ever wondered about this? I wondered, what is it like to grow up in a house where a Bible is not present. So, I did a Google search and currently, there are approximately 7 countries in which a Bible is not allowed, banned, or illegal, and anyone caught with a Bible can be ostracized, severely physically punished, or even put to death. These countries are China (CNN), North Korea, Somalia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, and Uzbekistan (ChristianToday).
This Book is one of the most precious books that have ever existed. The Bible was breathed by God, making it the most precious Book on Earth. While it may be important to own a Bible, the Bible does nothing for us if we do not read it. The Bible is precious because of the message that it contains.
With that being said, here are 4 Reasons Why the Bible is Still Relevant:
- This is a Living Book. It is a living word. The Bible takes on more relevance and truth as your relationship with God deepens. The more you begin to open your heart to God and the truth contained in the Bible, the words take on new meaning. For example, if you read a passage a year ago and have been maintain your relationship with God and deepening your spiritual journey, when you read this same scripture in the present, you will find new insight that was not present before. This happens because God reveals things to us in stages when we are ready for these revelations.
- The stories and lessons in the Bible are timeless. Although the events of the Bible occurred over millennia ago, we can still learn from the lessons of the Bible today when we study them. The New Testament speaks about the way that we should treat each other based on the lessons taught by and demonstrated by Jesus’ life. We have only to look at around at the world we live in to see how much the world needs love more than anything else now.
- Reading the Bible offers deep insight into the human condition. As a therapist, when I read the Bible, I am constantly finding information that validate the lessons I’ve learnt on the human condition. For example, The Bible speaks about transforming ourselves through the renewing of our thoughts. In mental health, we have learnt that the mind has powerful control over us. Our thoughts control our emotions which drive our behaviors.
- God’s Words contained in the Bible offers lessons about life after death. The Bible offers an explanation on why life on earth is the way it is. The Bible is the way that God connects with us and explains His original plan for creation.
So, is the Bible still relevant?
How about finding out for yourself? Click on the link and get your own copy of the Bible and start exploring. We should all take the time to read the Bible for ourselves. When you read, ponder some of the stories and lessons and reflect on how it relates back to you and your life.
P.S. Do you have any questions about reading the Bible? Here are some general questions and answers, and hopefully these answers help. If you have any questions not listed below, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
Questions About Reading The Bible
Which Book Should You Start Reading the Bible With?
As a child, I started in Psalms as this was how the Bible was taught to me. As an adult, when I picked up the Bible on my own, I started in Genesis and have read from Genesis to Revelations a couple of times.
But when I’ve asked this question of other Christians and even in Google, most suggest starting with the Gospel books – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Some articles that I have read have suggested John is the best book for new believers because it focuses more on who Jesus than His miracles.
Which version of the Bible Should You Start Reading the Bible With?
I’ve read through the Bible in the King James Version (KJV) as this is what I grew up with. Honestly, until I started attending church in the US, I did not even realize that there were so many versions available.
Do the research on the different editions and purchase the one easiest for you to read. The KJV is based on the British English language of 17th century. Language is ever changing so this version may be more difficult to understand than a new version such as the New International Version or the New Living Translation. There is also the New King James Version if you want to stick with the KJV.
There are hundreds of versions of the Bible depending on the reading levels as they are versions for adults and children. The most common versions are the KJV and the NIV.
For myself, I have now purchased a copy of the NLT. Who says that we can only have one copy?
What Do We Learn From the Bible?
The point of reading the Bible is to learn about who God is and his relationship to us (checkout this post on hearing from God).
We learn about His love for us, the Trinity, His power, and His plan. We learn how we can build a relationship with God (download the free Getting Closer to God Checklist). We learn about Jesus and His life and what it means for us. We learn how to pray, how we should treat ourselves and others, and we learn how to become Christlike.