Ten Reasons Why You Should Read The Bible
Reading is one thing you will encounter in your life, regardless of whether you read or not. Reading is no longer a just a hobby. Wherever you go, you read something, whether it's a billboard poster or a traffic sign, or the contents of the milk bottle you buy, everyday you're exposed to reading some kind of material. If you can’t read, then this article (and the entire Hubpages) is just gibberish to you.
Of course now, with the invention and easy access to the internet, reading has become a way of life. It is estimated that one million physical books are published each year and about five million eBooks are published each year but less than a quarter of them are actually read. I’m sure you have read a book or two and have flung through an eBook. Regardless of what you have read, one book remains the most powerful and sensible book ever written that every person must read and keep a copy in their home library, irrespective of your beliefs, religion or race. That book is called the Bible.
Some of you may have seen the recent adaptation of the Bible on the History and Discovery Channels. Some of you have seen movies based on the Bible but there is a difference between watching a movie and reading the book. No doubt, some of you have watched and read popular stories such as the Harry Potter Series and Lord of Rings Trilogy and you can relate the differences between reading a story and watching a story. But none of these books compare to the Bible and I will explain to you why every person MUST read the Bible at least once in your lifetime.
You see, we live in a very twisted and evil world and just the very mention of the Bible ticks off most people, so before I elaborate on the benefits of reading the Bible, I need to include the very kinds of people who this article is for. When someone mentions the Bible, they are typically four main responses: 1) You have never read the Bible before. 2) You have read some bits of it but don’t understand it. 3) You have read it but you are critical and submissive of what you read. 4) You are afraid to read it. If you have read the Bible and you find it valuable and appreciate the knowledge and wisdom that it has to offer, then congratulations! Keep it up!
For the rest of you, here are ten reasons why you must read the Bible and have a copy of it in your book collection.
Have you read the Bible before?
It is not just one book! The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,500 years. No other book has this fascinating quality and this is what makes the Bible extremely unique. Each author has a unique experience but ultimately they all end up on the same route.. knowing who the Almighty God is and why he is the center of our universe.
Every language on earth has its own copy! It is the only book ever written that has been translated into every language spoken on earth. Every country in the world has a Bible somewhere and although some countries strive to abolish it on a daily basis, it remains the only sacred book that can be found literally anywhere. Now if that doesn’t convince you to read it, then nothing will.
It is the Book of Life. No, the book of life is not some gold plated ancient book found at the bottom of the pyramids. It is the only book that actually speaks to you as you read it. It has the ability to change you and transform you into a better person and it makes you think and reassess your life. It corrects you when you are wrong, it uplifts you when you are right. It heals you when you are sick, it lifts you up when you are down, it comforts you when you are depressed. It gives you ideas, teaches you what is right and what is wrong, it shows you how to survive any circumstance. It has the answer to any question you will ever ask or think.
It's a Free book! If you've ever paid to get a Bible then you were swindled and scammed. The Bible is one of a few books that you can obtain without purchasing it and in this day and age. You can download it on your computer or on your phone. I know they are other books that are free and downloadable but how many of them do you remember reading, or had some sort of impact on you?
It's a continuous read. The average number of times a person reads the same book over again is 3.76. With the Bible, it’s an eternal read. Once you start reading it, you always want to read it and every time you read it, you gain wisdom and understanding. Every time you read it, there is fresh and new information and revelation. Of course this depends on the state of mind you’re in when reading it. Just like any other book, if you read with a negative and critical attitude, you will not enjoy it but reading with a clear, positive and conscious mind will bring wonderful results.
It is an Emotional Book. No other book can bring out all the emotions that are in a person. When you read it, you will cry, you will laugh, you will mourn, you will be jolly, you will love, you will hate, you will despise, you will appreciate, you will wonder, you will be whole, you will depressed, you will be happy, you will be sad, you will be glad and the list is endless. You will even experience new emotions that you never knew existed and you are unable to explain in human terms.
It has every type of story themes. Most books only have one single theme but the Bible has it all in one book. Action, drama, revelation, comedy, love stories, thriller, adventure, music, poems, science, mathematics, cultures, and even sex!
How likely are you to read the Bible after reading this article?
The Bible stands for:
B - BASIC
I - INSTRUCTIONS
B - BEFORE
E - EARTH
It is not fictional. Sadly the majority of the world today has been made to believe that the Bible is outdated and fictional. A fictional book cannot change your life. A fictional book cannot teach or lead you to live a moral lifestyle. The Bible does! Those people who call the Bible fictional are mostly afraid to read it because it will reveal the truth about themselves, and as humans, we often hate to hear the truth, so rather than facing it, we come up with excuses to justify ourselves. If you’re going to criticize the Bible, at least have the decency to read it first before pouring out your insults! Almost 99 percent of people who criticize the Bible are those that have never read it.
It is inspired by the creator of the universe, aka The Lord God. There is no way a human being could have written the Bible. Humans don’t have such knowledge. Every word written was inspired or spoken by God first and the 40 people that wrote this glorious book had the decency to record everything on paper. Some of them where instructed by God, others were natural born writers who automatically wrote what they saw, heard and witnessed.
It is used in our daily life. Every area of our lives today is extracted from the Bible. When you are in court, you use the Bible to swear that you will tell the truth. It is printed on money (In God in whom we trust), we use it to officiate weddings, we use some of its proverbs in our every day sayings, we copy lyrics from the psalms of the Bible to make songs, we even use it to curse and bless others, we use it to hide stuff we don’t want people to see because no one will look at a Bible to find it, we base our writings on the Bible. For example in Star Wars most of the names used were taken from the Bible. (Endor, was a small town in ancient Jerusalem famous for mediums, sorceresses and astrologists and in Star Wars it’s where the Emperor lives) The majority of Science Fiction tales get their names and places from the Bible. Scientists use the Bible as their number one source and guide, though they will never admit that. The list is endless!
If you haven't read the Bible, do so today. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Don’t try to read it all at once though or you will lose your energy quickly. Take your time and read it slowly. The Bible is one book that is so relevant in today's world and it's the only source of comfort you will find to cure you of every affliction you'll ever face.
© 2014 Jasmine S