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I Believe, But I Don’t Read

The Bible consists of 66 books. How can someone claim to bring honor to Someone who has never read about how to honor Him? How can someone call himself, or herself, a “Bible teacher”, but has never studied the Bible? How can we get in passionate debates, and discussions, on Bible passages and things we’ve heard others say about the Bible, but we have never read the Bible for ourselves?

For example, some of the people accessing this content probably have a Facebook page because this content was also published on Facebook. Did those individuals actually  take the time to read the Facebook Terms and Conditions before they began using Facebook? Whether, or not they read those Terms and Conditions, they entered into a contract in order to use Facebook. Who signs contracts, but doesn’t read them, first? The person who didn’t read the Terms and Conditions, but uses Facebook, does not know to what Terms and Conditions he, or she, has agreed. Each party of the contract has to give something up, and/or bring something to the table.

In the military, soldiers honor their countries because they took the time to study its customs and conduct and their environment constantly reminds them of those national customs and conduct. In school, my teachers new their subjects because they studied their subjects and usually, we had a classroom environment to constantly remind us of what we were learning. And in college, I wasn’t paying anyone to waste my time making comments on a subject which he, or she, had not studied.

Why does the world seem to have higher standards than those who say that they have been “called out” from the world? Jesus answered that question in the Bible. But if I’ve never read what He said about it, then how can I know His expectations? Will He “expand my territory” if I have never read about His expectations for that territory?

How can we say we believe a book which we have never read? We talk about it. We sing about it. We think about it. Some preach about it. Some of us even gather to a place considered to be associated with it and hear parts of it quoted in songs, testimonies and sermons. But when have we actually read it? When have we actually studied it? Reading doesn’t automatically cause a person to understand a subject— this is where studying comes in. And coupled with studying the Bible is living it, for the Christian.

How can someone have an opinion about a book which he, or she, has never even read? And what are we praying if we have never read what the Bible says about prayer?

Dear Christians, Isaiah 60:1-2 said that we have a job to do. Then, Jesus backed him up in Matthew 5:13-14 and told us to get to work. But how can we do any of this without ever knowing what He said in His book?

The Bible has 66 books. When Christ walked the earth, He only had 39 of them. Because of His life we have 27 more books— these are the canon, called “The Holy Bible”. If “Christian” means “Christ-like”, then why does it seem that many non-Christians have a verifiable argument that most of the people whom they know call themselves Christians think, act and speak just like they do, and not like the Christ whom they say they believe in? But it all starts with the heart. What does the Bible say about our hearts?

I understand that everyone cannot read. The Bible is available for people who learn audibly, visually, through code and sign. And for the person who cannot learn through any of these avenues, the Bible says something about how people can have an awareness of God, and knowledge of His Word. The Bible is even available in digital download, and traditional paperback and hardback, and let’s not forget all of the languages into which it has been translated.

So, then what’s the excuse for calling oneself a “Christian” but not doing what Jesus Christ did. The Bible says that Christ knew the Scriptures. The Bible says that Christ lived the Scriptures. The Bible says that Christ taught the Scriptures. The Bible (and history) says that Jesus Christ did not live like all the other people around Him. He did not separate Himself from them either as a lot of Christians urge other Christians to do. Jesus Christ lived amongst them so that He could leave His impact on their lives— and He did.

“…16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:16 – 17).”

Jesus Christ’s life is still impacting the world today. And why did He have such a great impact, and today’s Christians don’t seem to be anywhere nearly as productive as He was? How do people who call themselves “Christians” expect to live out Jesus Christ’s Great Commission if they only hang around other people who call themselves “Christians”? If you feel someone is in “sin” then your imitation of Jesus Christ around that person can help him, or her, to “repent”, as some like to phrase it. In the Bible, Christ is recorded as saying “…you will do greater things… (John 14:12)”. So, what are we doing?

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