Why Should I Bother with Reading the Bible?

Why Should I Bother with Reading the Bible?
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For approximately 2.5 billion people, the Bible is considered to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. This collection of sacred texts or scriptures are held as the inspired and inerrant word of God by Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafarians, and several others. It is the source of their religious beliefs.

The Bible is widely considered to be the most influential and best-selling book of all time, and is has certainly had a tremendous influence on literature and history. The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type. Estimated total sales are over 5 billion copies, and approximately 100 million copies are sold annually.

This translates to nearly everyone, whether believer or atheist, having at least one copy. Yet few who have or believe in the Bible have actually read it. The Bible is not an easy book to read, nor is it a short book to read. So it is not surprising that that those who begin reading at Genesis rarely make it past Leviticus. Most tend to leave this Bible reading business to their pastor/priest/rabbi. Which portions of the Bible you hear recited generally depends heavily on which House of God you attend. In any case, usually only a fraction of the Bible is ever referenced. I intend to remedy that with you here and now.

“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

{Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV}

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

{Joshua 1:8 KJV}

“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered [them] from their destructions.”

{Psalm 107:19-20 KJV}

“This [is] my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”

{Psalm 119:50 KJV}

“LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

{Psalm 119:89 KJV}

“They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all [are] thy servants.”

{Psalm 119:91 KJV}

“Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.”

{Psalm 119:98-99 KJV}

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”

{Psalm 119:104 KJV}

“NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform [it], that I will keep thy righteous judgments.”

{Psalm 119:105-106 KJV}

“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.”

{Psalm 119:111 KJV}

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

{Psalm 119:130 KJV}

“Thy testimonies [that] thou hast commanded [are] righteous and very faithful.”

{Psalm 119:138 KJV}

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

{Psalm 119:165 KJV}

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

{Isaiah 40:8 KJV}

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”

{Jeremiah 15:16 KJV}

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

{John 5:39 KJV}

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.”

{John 6:63 KJV}

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

{John 8:31-32 KJV}

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”

{John 8:51 KJV}

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

{John 17:17 KJV}

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

{John 20:31 KJV}

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

{Ephesians 6:13-18 KJV}

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

{2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV}

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”

{2 Timothy 4:3 KJV}

“And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

{Hebrews 2:15 KJV}

“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

{Hebrews 4:12 KJV}

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

{James 1:21 KJV}

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

{1 Peter 1:23 KJV}

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

{1 John 5:13 KJV}

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