How Often Do You Need To Read The Bible?
Christians everywhere are debating how much time we should spend reading the bible. Leave it to us Christians to take something as beautiful as reading the bible, only to turn it into a rules based minimum quota we must strive attain.
There’s not a single verse that calls Christians to invest a predetermined portion of time reading the bible. So how much time should we spend studying the bible?
I think we go very wrong when we put a ‘minimum amount’ of time on bible reading. It’s just another form of rules based Christianity and legalism.
I am NOT anti-bible reading. In fact I encourage it, recommend it, and personally read it on an ongoing basis. I agree that the bible is good for instruction, reproof, and correction. However, I am convinced that as believers we have Christ living in us and we don’t require meeting a minimum standard of bible reading to know what sin is, to know the Character of God, or to live upright godly lives.
Jesus, in us, is our counselor. Our guide. Our instructor. Our Spirit /His Spirit is not ‘starving’ because we don’t read the bible long enough each week. Where do we get this stuff from?
The early Christians didn’t have bibles. Some of them only had one letter (i.e. the Corinthians only had Corinthians). Also, many of them could not read and solely relied on someone else to read to them. Yet, as believers, they had Christ living in them, and while a bible would have been great,
‘God’s power has given them EVERYTHING they needed for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
We have something that people before the cross never had. We have the Spirit of God living in us. The God of the universe has made his abode in us and given us all we really need. I think this is why in John 5:39 we see Jesus say to the religious elite:
‘You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me’.
I’m sure there are many poor believers across the globe that don’t have bibles, and far be it from me to imply that this somehow makes them less godly or lacking in spirituality.
Reading the bible is wonderful, and highly encouraged, but
Reading the bible for 10 hours vs 1 hour doesn’t make you more godly
Reading the bible for 10 hours vs 1 hour doesn’t get you more forgiveness
Reading the bible for 10 hours vs 1 hour doesn’t make you closer to God.
So yes. Read your bible. I am in no way implying that we shouldn’t read our bibles. It’s the greatest on the planet. It’s packed with wisdom. It’s the word of God (which is in you). Maybe you read the bible 10 hours a week. Perhaps 30 minutes a week. Both are fully acceptable to God.
Your bible can collect dust for 3 months and you could still exude the love of Christ and say no to sin and ungodliness. My advice – don’t give in to religious pressure demanding that you need to meet some minimum standard of bible reading time so that you can achieve some man-made quota to be more godly.
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.