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Questions about the Bible
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1. I'm scared of the Bible. Can you help?
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Perhaps a good question to ask yourself is, "Why am I afraid of the Bible?". What is it that makes you afraid?
A few suggestions follow.
"The Bible is full of wrath and judgement."
The Bible does contain passages about the judgement of God. This is because God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. But the Bible tells us about these things so that we can escape them. God desires everyone to be saved from the punishment that their sins deserve (1Timothy 2:4). You should really be afraid NOT to read the Bible, because in its pages you will find the fire escape. Don't just sit in the burning building, read your Bible and do something about it! Yes, it will require you to face reality and be honest about yourself before God. This is difficult but NECESSARY if you are to ever be in God's heaven. But also remember that God is not against you if you are seeking Him. He loves you and desires to forgive you if you come on His terms through His Son.
"The Bible is just too big. I would never be able to read it all."
It is true that the Bible is a large book. However, it's nothing to be afraid of. Not all of it is necessary to give you the knowledge of God's salvation. Start with important gospel passages such as the books of John, Acts, and the first 8 chapters of Romans. If you need help understanding what you read, by all means contact us.
Note: It takes about 2 hours to read the Gospel of John out loud, 2.5 hours to read Acts, and half an hour to read Romans 1-8. Five hours is nothing to be afraid of!
"People tell me the Bible is for people who need a crutch. I would be ashamed to read it."
Salvation is found by those who are willing to set aside the opinions of mankind and give first place to God and eternity. If your sins have been bothering you then the Holy Spirit is speaking to you, and you need to surrender to Him rather than give in to the pressure of others. The Bible has truly stood the test of time in multiple ways including historically, prophetically, accuracy, and practically. It has changed countless lives and multitudes have given their lives for it. Why be ashamed of a book with such power and history behind it, and when your own heart testifies to its truthfulness? Which is more important to you: acceptance by your peers or acceptance with God?