Free Yourself From Bible Study Myths

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“Why don’t you attend Bible study? a man once asked me.

“Do you hate studying the Bible? »

Whenever you seek to break free from the rules that the majority of people follow, you will be told that you are different, dissenting, and difficult. Well, come on, would you rather be free or conform? Spirit of the Canyon, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART and Framed Canvas Art.

Seriously, when you’re asked a question like that, it’s best to only talk about the weather. The person asking will never understand the answer, because their eyes are closed.

Bible study, which means nothing more than Bible reading, is another such activity that has been appropriated and defined by the established church, so that too many people, when they hear the words, think this:

The reason

1) A group meets—at home or at church—and sits in a circle.

2) A leader “facilitates,” meaning they talk, everyone listens, and a limited—very limited—amount of discussion is allowed.

3) Generally, a book other than the Bible accompanies the study as commentary, teaching, support and instruction.

4) If there is no accompanying book, the leader’s voice is last on the meaning of the passage.

But Bible study, in its pure form, means exactly that: you, the Christian, read the Bible, as slowly or as quickly as you wish. You choose the book in the Bible you want to read, and you can skip. It’s remarkably liberating, and to make it even more so, I encourage you to dispel three common, but errant, myths about Bible reading:

You need help

Myth #1 — You can’t do this alone.

The idea that only certain people – pastors, elders, deacons, wives of pastors, missionaries, Christian celebrities, televangelists, lecturers or authors of books approved by secular “Christian” publishing houses – are qualified to teach spiritual truths is a lie. who will not die, because we keep feeding him.

“What if something goes wrong? others ask in horror when you mention that you read the Bible on your own, trusting the Holy Spirit as your guide.

Enchanted inspirational original oil painting of a woman in a green dress in a garden with sunlight by Steve Henderson
What’s so scary about being all alone? Sometimes we should close our eyes, let our minds rest, and feel the sun – and the Son – kissing us. Enchanted and original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART and Framed Canvas Art.

As a practical answer to this question, I encourage you to walk around – very briefly – in the Christian section of a bookstore and ask yourself, “Are ALL of these things spiritually accurate?”

Since the obvious answer is no, you are then led to the very real possibility that some of the authors, pushing their products, “are the type to sneak into houses and take control of weak-willed women (Paul’s words, not mine)who are laden with sins and influenced by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to recognize the truth. (2 Timothy 3:6-7)

And how do you spot these people? Okay, let’s close the loop:

“All scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and instructing in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 43:16).

In other words, the more you know about the Bible yourself, the better you will be able to spot misuse of it by others.

Stay in the same place

Myth #2: Don’t jump from one verse to another until you understand its meaning.

While that sounds logical, it’s pretty much frustrating, especially when you come across a verse like Deuteronomy 20:16:

“But in the cities of the nations which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, do not allow everything that breathes to live.”

This includes women and children, which is quite an inconvenient concept for many of us. If you can’t move forward until you understand this then you are stuck on Deuteronomy 20:16, that is if you haven’t stopped at Genesis 22 in which Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac. We’ve all heard various interpretations of why we shouldn’t worry too much about this incident, but never an adequate answer to,

“But what about Isaac?” What lasting effect did this event have on his relationship with his earthly father, Abraham, and his heavenly father, God?

There’s a temptation to accept a less than acceptable answer, just so you can move on, instead of saying,

“Wow, my God. It’s a difficult verse, and I don’t see how it can be in line with your grace, mercy, and love. But I know You are true, and there is an acceptable explanation. Please in your timing show it to me. Until then, I rest knowing that you are all good.

While the average atheist will call it a cop-out, when it comes to God we either accept that he is all good or not. We also accept that He knows everything, and sometimes we just don’t understand what He is talking about. The various end-time prophecies in Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation come to mind, and when we insist on getting the right answer at the right time, we risk accepting pat answers. . . Well, Christian celebrities who make money telling us these things.

You? With an original thought?

Myth #3: Don’t even imagine that you could come up with an interpretation that no one has yet had.

Speaking of Christian celebrities, I gleaned this bit of wisdom from a book on how to study the Bible, by a Christian celebrity who teaches others what the Bible says.

For some reason, while his interpretations are adequate and appropriate to place in a binder, yours and mine are not.

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should follow.” Isaiah 48:17 tells us.

Now, while God can, indeed, use commentaries, videos, Bible notes, human teachers, and outside resources to teach us what is in his word, he also teaches without those resources. You’ll never know how much you can learn, however, until you take the training wheels off and let Him give you a little nudge.

I assure you it will show you something that – while a human being, at some time, some place, may have learned before – will certainly NOT agree with much of what the you are taught as part of an established church. Our famous Christian author would like you to reject that and accept – passively – what others tell you.

Christians, let’s stop being so docile, tacit, obedient and accept everything we’re told, and the first and most important step towards that is to read the Bible – for ourselves. In many places, this very act is illegal, which should prompt the question:

“Why?”

Thanks

Thank you for joining me at Commonsense Christianity, where I don’t hate Bible study – I simply avoid, at all costs, small group meetings of church establishments that claim to be the same thing.

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