10. To understand English.
Ok, maybe not to understand the English language, but the English language is literally filled with Biblical references. The good Samaritan, going the extra mile, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, cast the first stone, the blind leading the blind, and the hand writing on the wall, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (which, by the way, is the motto of the CIA, albeit out of context) are all phrases from the Bible. We use them regularly in conversation and communication, but did you know they are all from the Bible? And each one has a specific context that defines its meaning, sometimes in ways that are different than we understand them today.
Many of the names you know are Biblical names. James and Jacob are actually the same name, and both are in the Bible. The original Peter, Paul, and Mary were actually all names from the Scriptures. David, Saul, Samuel, Rebekah, Jezebel (although we don’t use that one much), Ruth, Timothy, Thomas, and the list goes on. The Bible has even influenced the names we choose for our children.
Dr. Leland Ryken, Professor of English at Wheaten College, and author of “The Word of God in English” and “The History of The King James Bible” along with many other books commented on the influence of the Bible on the English language.
“It’s just a truism that the Bible is the greatest single source and influence on English and American culture”
9. You have heard a lot about the Bible.
If you were raised in church or by Christian parents you have heard about the Bible your whole life. Even if you weren’t raised in church you have heard about it, it is in the news regularly. It is time to read it for yourself.
8. To see what it says.
There is a lot of controversy centered on the Bible. Some hate it, some love it, and many from both groups have never even read it. Anything this controversial should be read. You should read it for yourself to see what it says instead of depending on what everyone tells you the Bible says.
7. For wisdom.
The Bible contains the wisdom of God, and it doesn’t get any wiser than that. But the wisdom of the Scripture is not airy spiritual concepts! No, it is down to earth practical day to day wisdom.
“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.” (Proverbs 15:18)
That is seriously practical wisdom.
6. It is the # 1 bestselling book of all time.
Publishers measure success in millions of books sold. A million books sold is a LOT of books. The length of time in the market place obviously matters, because it takes a lot of time to sell that many books.
The Spanish novel Don Quixote has been around since the 1600s and some estimate that more than 500 million have been sold. C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, has estimated sales of 85 million.
How many Bibles have been sold? Well, no one knows for certain but the estimates are around 6 billion. Yes, billion. It is in a class all by itself.
The Bible may also be the best selling and least read book of all time. You have it, so why not read it.
Have you read the bestseller? No? Why?
5. Its influence in English literature cannot be measured.
“The first and most notable fact regarding the influence of the Bible on English literature is the remarkable extent of that influence. It is literally everywhere. If every Bible in any considerable city were destroyed, the Book could be restored in all its essential parts from the quotations on the shelves of the city public library.”
Cleland Boyd McAfee, D.D, A Study of the King James Version of the Bible and Its Influence on Life and Literature.
To quote Dr. Leland Ryken again,
“If someone is not familiar with the language of the King James Bible they cannot be culturally literate.”
The demonic name Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24) would be literally translated into English as “Lord of the Flies“, a fact not missed by the novelest William Golding,
4. It’s not actually a book, it’s a whole library!
The Bible is actually 66 books of history, prophecy, poetry, songs, and intimate personal letters. Do you enjoy a good story? The Bible is full of stories. There are love stories, tragedies, drama, war stories, and action heroes. Some of the stories make great movies, like Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments”. And some of the stories from the book of Judges not even Hollywood is ready to tackle. Enjoy a good read? Read the Bible.
3. To understand yourself.
As you study the Word of God you will see a reflection of yourself just as if you were looking in a mirror. It is living and active, sharper than a double edged sword. As you read it, it cuts and penetrates to the very core of your being. Reading the Bible not only shows you who you are, but it also changes you. The Bible is the catalyst the Holy Spirit uses to shape you into the image of Christ. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
2. The Bible is the Word of God.
By that we mean it is literally the spoken word of the God of the universe. Paul, human author of many of the books in the Bible, in writing his last letter to a young pastor he had mentored said “All Scripture is inspired by God…” (2 Timothy 3:16). The word “inspired” is the Greek word theópneustos, or literally, God-breathed. All Scripture is breathed by God. Scripture is the very words of God.
You should read it and see what God is saying to you.
1. To understand and know God.
The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us. It is His personal revelation of Himself. Too many times we read books by men and women telling us what they learned about God instead of reading His book and learning for ourselves. Read His Word, after all it was written for you.
The Bible contains everything God wants us to know about Him, about ourselves, and about the world in which we live. The secrets of the universe are inside these 66 Books. But, the Bible is not just facts and stories. The Bible encourages, and exhorts, it convicts and corrects. It is powerful, life changing truth.
The study of the Word of God is the tool the Spirit of God uses to energize our relationship with Him. The Bible is the instrument that God uses more than anything else to sanctify us, to change our hearts, to protect us from the lies of the enemy, and to set our souls on fire!
Why study the Bible? Seriously, there is nothing like it in the whole world.
Wrapping it up.
You know we hate to leave you without telling you about a resource we think is helpful. This resource is one of the best ways to help you or someone you are working with learn to study the Bible for themselves. Check it out.