Why Don’t We Read the Bible?

by Brian Hardin

read meI believe the Bible is the very Word of God, and that what we need for the life we were created to live is contained within its chambers. This Word is a lamp to our feet, and in the dark it will light our path (Psalm 119:105). In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a story: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). This is the reality of the Bible. It offers us a complete change of paradigm that leads to authentic freedom.

Surveys have shown that most people believe the Bible is the truth and that it holds the answer to the basic questions of life, and yet few of us spend any extended time in Bible study. Even though we claim to need it, we seem to avoid it. Where is the disconnect? Why don’t we read the Bible if we believe it is God’s Word and contains the answers to life’s questions?

There are the obvious distractions. There is no shortage of excuses. But how could something so important seem to mean so little? The ironies compound themselves because we want to have a better relationship with God, we believe the Bible is the truth, and we believe it contains answers for our lives, yet reading the Bible is the one thing we continue to ignore.

There’s a sobering reality lurking just beneath the surface, one we probably wouldn’t say out loud: maybe we don’t really believe reading the Bible will work for us. Maybe it will work for really spiritual people like pastors and missionaries, but not for us. The problem is that this line of thinking makes confetti of the faith we thought we had…


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