Do Christians Have to Read The Bible? What If We Don’t?
I sure do love to read the Bible. There’s lots of amazing truths about God’s character. I choose to read it daily. But no matter how much I read it I’m not getting more favor from God or somehow becoming a better Christian than those that don’t read it daily.
But doesn’t that conflict with religion when it says “you need to be in the word”?
We do need to be in the word daily. But religion has redefined what that means.
Jesus is the word. And the Word became flesh. As a believer you are always in the word and the word is always in you. Religion seems to think you can’t know the character of God through the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in you, so you have to get it out of the book.
Religion seems to think you can’t be fully connected to God through the Holy Spirit living in you, so you need to get more of it from a book.
Religion seems to think you can’t recognize sin through the Holy Spirit, so you need added protection by reading in a book.
Don’t get me wrong, that book (the Holy Bible) is amazing. That book tells us about the character of God. But that book does not have any magical power. The Spirit has the power. People search the Scriptures because they think they find life in them. We find life in Jesus Christ. God places that life directly inside of us. That life tells us how to love. It tells us what is or is not sin.
If you’re a believer and never saw a Bible again for the rest of your life you would not sin more or love less. Your relationship and ability to let God live through you would not be changed in anyway. That’s right, it would not be changed even in the slightest.
So again, go ahead and read your Bible. I know I will. But I will not be selling it as something you better do less you be lacking some spiritual gift. What I will be selling is Jesus!
Remember, by his own choosing God put his word inside of you. His word will guide you day by day moment by moment to knowing the character of God and exuding His love. This is exactly how the early Christians did it. They didn’t have Bibles. At best they had their local church letter. But it didn’t matter because they did had Jesus. Do you?
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.