A Case For The Old Testament: Reasons To Study The Whole Bible

by Teri Dugan

Why should we study the whole Bible, Old Testament and New? Many people today, even Christians, believe that the Bible is outdated, especially the Old Testament. Yet, as Christians isn’t it important to know what we believe and why we believe it? There is no way to truly be a Christian (follower of Christ) without knowing the whole story, especially the reason behind everything Jesus said and did. We can only fully understand that by reading and studying the Old Testament in light of the New, and vis versa.

Biblical reasons we should know the Bible:

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” –Psalm 11:3

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. -Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Note: Cross-reference with the “Great Commandment” by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40

My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. -Proverbs 7:1-3

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. -2 Timothy 2:15

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  -1 Peter 3:15-16

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. -1 Peter 1:22-25…
 

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