Study to Show Yourself Approved

I sometimes shudder at the effect the most uneducated of us can have in society.  By this, I mean that, typically, we as Christians are represented by those who are the poorest representatives of Christians.  It is sad to know that many American Christians are biblically illiterate, and the situation does not seem to have any signs of hope on the horizon.

I am not saying that everyone must be a highly educated professor of apologetics and discernment.  I am only wondering if it is too much to ask for Christians to somewhat diligently read their bible to the point that when that same bible is attacked by the world, Christians are more than able to stand proudly and defend their faith and the holy scripture.  Paul commended the Bereans for seeking after truth.  He told Timothy to be diligent to show himself approved as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  John encouraged his readers to test the spirits.  In Isaiah 1, God says “come let us reason together.”  In Hosea, God laments that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

The common thread here is this:  God wants us to use our brains.  God wants us to read the scriptures, work through the materials therein, and learn about God and His word.  We can’t truly begin to know God until we have taken the time to figure out what He is saying to us in His word.


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