Looking at the top right-hand corner of my journal, I can see that (since I started keeping a track of it) today is the 745th day I have been reading my Bible. Of course, I’ve read the Bible more than this, but a couple of years back I started to become concerned that while I was a practicing Christian, going to church most weeks, and heading up a broadcast ministry at the time, I simply wasn’t reading my Bible most days.
I felt there was something missing there. How could I profess to believe what the Bible said, when I didn’t really know what it really said, about many of the issues in our world today? So, I started keeping track of how often I read the thing. To be honest, this system has worked wonders, the result being that I now read the Bible almost every day of the year, and have been doing that for around 2 years now. Sometimes I do miss a day still, but I try not to.
Below are the main reasons that I read the Bible each day:
- As a practicing Christian, it is essential to understand why I believe what I believe. Too many people say they are a Christian, but never really look at what our holy book actually says. The more I read, the more I understand.
- The more that I do read it, the more I become convinced that it is in fact the living, breathing, inspired Word of God. His message to his creation. If God has said some things to us, I’d certainly like to know what they are.
- The King James Version is still an amazingly accurate translation. However, in the last 400 years there have been an overwhelming number of archaeological and historical findings, providing proof that events and people mentioned in the Bible actually happened and lived.
- You are what you eat. A 2012 study by Arnie Cole of Centre for Bible Engagement, of more than 11,000 Australian Christians, stated that, “The only spiritual phenomena we can document is a changed life brought about by a relationship with Jesus Christ that is carried out on a daily basis where the individual engages (receives, reflects and responds) the Bible four or more times a week. In other words, you need to read and study your Bible at least 4 times a week, before you will experience spiritual growth.
- The New Testament is the best attested ancient work, with over 5,600 original language manuscripts, and having a maximum of 90 years between composition and the oldest existing copy.
- The Bible has been proven to have been accurately translated, transliterated and copied over the past 2000 years. The most famous example of this is probably the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940s and ‘50s. This one recent find showed only minor and insignificant differences between these newly discovered ancient texts, when compared to our modern Bible translations.
- Out of all the world’s religions, Christianity is the only one promising salvation by grace (and not by works), setting it apart from all others.
- There is a great deal of non-Biblical evidence for the existence of the historical figure of Jesus Christ. Evidence (presented in Josh McDowell’s books More Than a Carpenter, and Evidence That Demands a Verdict), exists to also prove His crucifixion, as well as His resurrection!
That’s why I choose to read the Bible, how about you? – Love you to comment below.