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February 12, 2017

Text: “He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.”  Proverbs 4:4-6

Do not read the Bible IF you care nothing  about really learning about God. Well, by this time you are probably saying, “Randy is being a smart aleck. He’s really trying to stir something up; being sarcastic.” Well, you are partly right. I just wanted the opportunity to point out before we get into this article how we are going to approach our subject. I thought you should be given warning so that you wouldn’t jump to the wrong conclusion. Right off the bat you need to understand that I am writing this using the literary device of “irony” (aka “sarcasm”).  “Irony” means  to say or write a thing one way  but mean the opposite.   If you verbalize this, you  use a vocal intonation as the tip off. If you write an ironic statement, it takes a lot more on the reader’s insight. So be aware of irony as a major tool in this writing. So, here we go.

If you aren’t interested  in developing and maintaining a good relationship with God, then don’t read the Bible.   Some good things concerning God may be learned from other sources such as testimony from history, science, and archaeology, but they are ancillary to the really bed rock facts about who, what, and the real character and aims of God. God is revealed in the Bible and the Bible is words, revealed from God, descriptive of Him, demonstrating his character, and setting forth his plans, all the while explaining his plan for mankind. In fact, man cannot have a valid relationship with God except in His word!  “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”  Romans 10:14  As you see, the reading of the Bible is access to Christ’s kingdom. Accepting the word of God by faith and obeying it is to be God’s child and citizen of His kingdom. I dhold back my feet from every evil wayin order to keep your wordI do not turn aside from your rulesfor you have taught me.”  Psalms 119:101-102

If  your are not interested in being saved, then don’t read the Bible.   Perhaps you are not interested about Jesus who died to save the world. (John 3:16)  It might well be that you  are unconcerned about the sins that are  your responsibility because they have trespassed the righteousness and holiness of God. Everybody has done that!  “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23  The forgiveness of sins has been provided by God sending his Son Jesus to die on the cross as a ransom for your sins, “…that is, in Christ God was reconciling  the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” II Corinthians 5:19  Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins is the only means of salvation. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12  

If you do not have an interest in being a part of the family of God, then don’t read the Bible. Most human beings would have a warm feeling about calling God “Father” and Jesus his “Brother”. The concept of having “brothers” and “sisters” would be acceptable to these folk too.  All of these  people would be comfortable with such familial ties when it comes time to have other persons to “have my back”.  That’s what we all need: strength, support, trust, succor, comfort. These are just some of the things believers have in the family of God. A father in God. “…that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”Romans 15:6  A brother in Jesus Christ, and family  ” Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” II John 1  God adds the saved to the church, his family.        ” And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42

If you do not want to improve your behavior, then do not read the Bible. There are probably habits, behaviors, and out-and-out sins that betray you by making embarrassing appearances in you life from time. Other indiscretions are hiding in your basement vault, or quailing in your conscience. The great majority of people (believers and unbelievers alike) would affirm that the Bible has a salutary effect in reforming such persistent spoilers of character and reputation. The Bible indicts, reproves, and damns evil behavior. Within its pages are lists of sins and evil practices, specifying things that condemn the souls of  sinners and deals sharply with evicting them It pages often give severe cures for these sins. .But remember, one must “fight fire with fire.”  ” For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans  8:13

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
–Theodore Roosevelt










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