Why Study The Bible?

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There is a short video on the official Watch Tower website entitled “Why Study The Bible?”

It hails “The Bible” as containing the answers about “life.” Not only that, it hails the Bible as the way, the truth and the life.

For example at the 02:00 mark in the video it says makes the statement: The Bible says “The evil one controls the whole world.”

Notice what the Apostle John said at 1 John 5:19 is being ascribed as the Bible saying it.

Wrongly, the devil is being blamed for all of the evil we see in the world today. For sure, the devil is evil, but the devil does not have to commit evils upon mankind when mankind has enough evil within himself to commit evil.

Was the devil responsible for Cain killing his brother Abel? Did Cain blame the devil for what he did?

When Adam ate from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad, did he blame the devil? No! He blamed his wife. (Genesis 3:12)

The video – and thus the Watch Tower – plays this “The Bible says …” game with everyone.

It is not what “The Bible says” rather, it what God and Christ says.

The Most High God command us at Luke 9:35:

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying: “This is my Son, the one that has been chosen. Listen to him

The Bible is not The Word of God so the expression should never be “What the Bible says” but rather what God’s Son says.

It should never be studying of the Bible – as one is not to be a student of the Bible, but rather a studying (disciple) of Christ.

The Bible is contending with Christ; and in the minds of many, the Bible is hailed as The Word of God and containing all of answers about life. Yet, Jesus said of himself at John 14:6:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Father is the source of all wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Those things do not come to us through the pages of a book as this book called the Bible is not the way; it is not the channel God uses to provide those asking Him for those things. He uses only one channel or way: His Son, who he has chosen and authorized. 

For those of you who would ask, “How else can I learn about God and Christ if it were not for the Bible?”

To you I would say, “You have no faith in God and Christ.”

God and Christ are not dead! Because you cannot see them does not mean that God is not able to provide us with his wisdom, understanding and knowledge through His Son. The book called the Bible did not come on the earthly seen for more than 1000 years after Christ ascended. There was no book called “The Bible” that taught Christs disciples about him. Jesus had no book called The Bible that he used to teach his disciples. In fact, it was by Holy Spirit that the 120 men in the upper room received the wonderful gift of incredible knowledge from God through His Son. There was no book. The Bible really is an impostor and should not be standing in a holy position or carry the title of Word of God. It is blasphemous to assign it such titles.

Persons have forgotten the primary tool Christ told us to use to access the vast wisdom, understanding and knowledge of God: Prayer. Instead, they have been made to rely upon a book that someone told them came from God.

2 Timothy 3:16 is a weak argument for those who use it as proof that The Bible is The Word of God as that Scripture does not say that. The ruse that has been perpetrated upon the world is that the Bible is Scripture. Who told the world that? God didn’t.

Thus, by first selling the lie that “The Bible” is Scripture, then 2 Timothy 3:16 can be used as “proof-text” is The Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 does not use the word Bible, it uses the word Scripture; and Scripture is anything that God himself breathes or says. So everything that comes out of God’s mouth is Scripture. And since Christ is The Word of God, everything he says is Scripture. Utterances of anyone else are not Scripture. 

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Not the mouths of the Prophets Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc. Not the mouths of the Apostles. Not the mouths of religious organizations. Not the Bible. But what proceeds out of God’s mouth. If a Prophet says God says such a thing, then it is Scripture. But certainly the book called the Bible cannot be The Word of God because too many persons are speaking within it, including the Devil. Are the Devils words Scripture and The Word of God? They appear in the Bible? Did God inspire the Devil to speak? He speaks in the Bible?

Thus it is important that one focuses on the things Christ says. Why? Because God commanded that we listen only to him. (Luke 9:35)

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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  1. Howdy,

    I chanced uopon your website and find it very interesteing….

    I am just starting my journey in finding out about God and Jesus.  I guess I've been an agnostic most my life, but knew in my heart…"good things" and what felt like "truth".  My wife is very religious (raised 7th day adventist) … I believe in keeping the Sabbath on Saturday myself.

    But the Bible…. Should I not study it? Should it not be a reference book and a history book and a guid book towards a better understanding of Jesus?

    I also don't feel comfortable praying out loud, ever. Nor do I feel comfortable with most Church practices… We did find a little Church of God, 7th Day church that seems very non-judgemental and the people there seem very family like…. for whatever that's worth.

    I am not too far from 64 years old and have always felt something was awaiting me…  something Big… someting Good…

     

    Thank you for your time…

    Sincerely,

    John

    from S.E. Washington State (sorta the middle of a wheat field)

     

    • John,

      There is nothing wrong with reading the Bible. However, caution should be taken in that you should know what it is NOT. It is NOT the Word of God.

      The Most High God authorized a person to be his Word, not a book.

      With that said, I highly encourage you to do as Christ directed, ask the Father and receive from Him.

      What to ask from the Father? His wisdom and understanding.

      These will be given to you THROUGH his only authorized channel: Christ. 

      It does not come from the pages of a book. If that was the case, then The Bible would be “The WAY” to the Father.

      Christ said that he is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father but by him.

      To insert the Bible into the equation is a mistake.

      It takes persistence and faith to ask and receive from the Father through Christ because they cannot be seen and it is not easy to know if one is being answered. 

      It is too tempting to revert to the pages of a book for answers and to believe that what you ask from the Father will come from a book.

      That is not how it works. Trust must be cultivated and placed in Christ, not a book.

      It is really blasphemous and idolatrous to place trust in a book that God imperfect men themselves named, call holy, authorized and say is The Word of God.

      We cannot have two Words of God.

      There is only one: Christ himself.

      Prayer to the Father with the recognition that Christ is the ONLY channel to Him will gain you much insight.

      In time, God will pour out to you understanding that can not be found in a book.

      Many will wonder about you and wonder where you gained such insight.

      They will speak ill of you because you do not think like them and this make them uncomfortable.

      But you will come to know the truth.

      This I know: The truth is not always pleasant and it will be rejected by the majority. But it will be the truth.

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