Bible Study

Why Would God Give Us His Words in a Book?

The LORD knew precisely what He was doing when He chose to put His Words in written form – in a book. So, why did He choose to preserve His words for us in that form? Why a book?

“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” – Northrop Frye

“The book…represent a fully mature information retrieval system.”

  1. No “advanced” technology required. Ability to manufacture present in all areas of the globe.
  2. Crude but functioning units can be made by kindergartners with pencil, paper and glue.
  3. Operating system and interface rock solid.
  4. All types of information can be stored.
  5. Has been demonstrated to be able to retain information in retrievable form across several thousand years.
  6. Of the two, the User will often crash first.
  7. All parts can be recycled.
  8. All or part can be backed-up at any Kinkos.
  9. Can be powered for hours with one candle.
  10. All users receive up to 12 years of interface training free.

Source: Bleached Woodpulp + Ink + Glue = A Mature Information Retrieval System

Points Regarding Bible Study

Bible study – profitable, life-changing study of the scriptures – doesn’t require money, a specialized education, a vast array of resource materials, or even a great deal of life experience or maturity. It is a simple matter, and anyone can study the Bible (and understand it!).

Once you’ve read the whole Bible, you can really study it. Study is possible after having read just a portion of the scriptures, but the ideas, concepts, principles, and doctrines all fit together and build upon each other. So if you haven’t already done so, I recommend at least reading it through at least once, knowing that any unanswered questions you may have (in one portion of the Bible) might very well make sense later on as you read another passage of scriptures in a different section.

The Bible is a spiritual book, and must be approached not merely as a collection of stories (or worse yet, as a collection of myths), not at all as a collection of “literature”, not as simple historical writings, not as mystical writings, not as wise sayings, and not as a random collection of texts. It must be approached as a cohesive collection of inspired writings that are historically and literally accurate, keeping in mind that behind any plainly-recorded events there may be levels of meaning that hold spiritual significance. Of course, there are prophecies and wholly-spiritual passages as well (which obviously need to be understood with the “mind of Christ”). The point is, don’t make the mistake of attempting to understand the Bible in a way that it wasn’t meant to be understood, because it’s not the same kind of book as the other ones on your bookshelf. It’s a book given to mankind from God.

Bible Study – Links

Bible Reading Checklist (PDF) – Printable checklist to help you track your Bible reading

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