I have plenty of reasons but I will focus on three.
One. I’m lost without the Bible. I have no idea who I worship and trust without the Bible. How do I learn, trust and love someone I have no knowledge of. I took time to get to know my wife before I married her, I think I should take time to get to know the God I trust to say who I am, why I am here and where I am going (you know the basic three questions we all want answered.) The Bible and the life of Jesus is God revealed. As you read, you are observing how God functions with mankind. As you read, you see the characteristics of God, mainly, how they benefit those who trust Him or not benefit those who deny Him. The disciples had the chance to walk with Jesus. We have the scriptures and the Apostles (disciples) first hand, eye witness accounts of Jesus. The best view from where we are of Jesus is first row with our face in the Bible.
Two. The Bible is useful. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Are you a parent, child, friend, teacher, pastor or coach who trust’s God? Then you are a servant of God. All Scripture is from God and is useful for all areas of life, especially in helping people live holy and faithful to God. We find the greatest wisdom from the Bible. The Bible isn’t a self help book, but it certainly helps you become who you are in Christ. If you look at the values that counselors are using for prison inmates, they are all found in the Bible. It is true, if we taught these men and women the principles of the Bible before their rebellion, perhaps they wouldn’t be learning it all in prison. Did I mention the Bible is useful for transforming the world? Yea that too.
Three. Jesus valued the scriptures, quoted scripture and is scripture. If I had to pick just one reason, it would be this one. If Jesus did it, said it or even thought it, it is truth, it is important. Remember, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” So if Jesus went to the temple as a young man to grow in wisdom through the scriptures, if Jesus quoted scripture to battle the temptation of Satan, if Jesus quoted scripture numerous times while teaching and doing his three year term of ministry than the Bible has been validated by the most sought after, most talked about and the only perfect man who has ever walked this earth. If Jesus needed the Bible and used the Bible than so do I! The very words of Jesus are scripture. I mean, come on, He is God so…what He says is the way, the truth and the life. We are fools if we do not read and apply the Bible. Let the Bible speak for itself here:
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. Matthew 7:24-28
I’m curious, what are your reasons for reading the Bible? I’m sure you have some good ones. Reply below.