Is there a way to use the Bible to get someone interested in knowing more about the Bible? I’ve thought about this question for many years. As I learned more about the Word, and spoke more with people who called themselves Christian but knew little or nothing about what the Bible teaches, I wondered about the best approach to take. Here, in a nutshell, is one possible approach to make the case for studying the Bible from the Bible.
Most nominal Christians will acknowledge that the Bible is the inspired word of God. What this means to them varies. Usually they will insist that the Bible is not literal, leaving them free to add meaning as they choose, and to ignore passages that are difficult. But why do such people seem to have no interest in ever learning scripture? Even if the Bible is not literal, after all, it must mean something. There are many possible answers, the most likely being that they don't see the need to do the hard work of learning not just what the Bible says, but also its history and context.
So, I begin by asking such a person who Jesus might have been referring to in Matthew 7:21-22, where He warned about false prophets and added that not all who “prophesied,” “cast out demons” and “performed miracles” in His name will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead, it is “he who does the will of My Father.” In John 8:12, Jesus calls himself the light of the world; “he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” And then in verses 31-32: “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." It seems pretty obvious that Jesus is saying there are those who know of Him, who may even invoke His name, who He will not recognize, because they have not in truth followed Him.
If invoking His name, or calling oneself a believer, is not enough, what then must one do to follow Him? Scripture provides the answer…
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