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Ten Reasons Why You Should Read The Bible

Updated on February 26, 2015

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.

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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!


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Interesting Fact

The Bible stands for:

B - BASIC

I - INSTRUCTIONS

B - BEFORE

L -LEAVING

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 Merida Craze

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i read the bible on every sunday to repay God's kindness

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      The best reason to read the Bible for yourself is to discover the OT is a false depiction of God and the NT is a true depiction (Jesus).

      Do not rely on ministers, priests or rabbis to explain away the atrocities contained in the OT. Reject the atrocities of the OT and move to the NT teachings. The OT and NT are contradictory. Separate them. Google "Bible Atrocities" or "Atrocities in the Bible" to learn about the OT.

      Teach our children about Jesus, not the OT.

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      Kristy 3 years ago from Indiana

      Enjoyed reading, thanks for information. I read daily, pray daily. It has changed me dramatically.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      So, is there agreement that there never was a covenant between the Hebrews and The Lord in the Book of Joshua?

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      Reginald Boswell 3 years ago from Alabama

      @ Jay C OBrien: The Old Testament was written by Jews for the Jews the New Testament (New Covenant) was the OPEN DOOR that allow access to all, Jew and non-Jew. Because the Old Testament was a shadow of things to come some who resist the real thing (Christ and the power thereof) rather live in the shadow (OT) and the former glory thereof. Live and let Live!

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      How is it The Lord is killing women and children all over the Old Testament? It seems to me that is a false depiction of God. God did not change, the perception of God changed. The Lord would not make a Covenant to kill anyone. Therefore there was No Covenant, ever. The Rabbis want Christians to accept a covenant that never existed! It is time to renounce the Old Testament view (a covenant to kill) and move to the separate New Testament teaching of Forgiveness. The Old and New Testaments are incompatible.

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      Reginald Boswell 3 years ago from Alabama

      I thought that this article was a very good apologetical piece.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      You wrote:

      "People lived by the law of the ten commandments and therefore the law required for you to kill in order for it to exists."

      This is what confuses me, the Ten Commandments specifically say, "Thou shalt not kill" (or whatever translation you use.)

      How can someone abide by, "do not kill" yet kill men women and children?

      And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city (Jericho), both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. Joshua 6:21.

      And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. Joshua 10:11.

      And there was no day like that before it or after it that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14.

      So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. Joshua 10:40.

      And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. Joshua 11:6.

      How is it The Lord is killing women and children? That is not the example of Jesus.

      You might try reading the Hub, "The Twelve Suggestions."

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      Merida Craze 3 years ago

      Hello Jodah!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and i'm glad you use the Bible to navigate your life. Thanks for the vote up. God bless you too!

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      Merida Craze 3 years ago

      Hi Jay C

      My apologies for not responding to you sooner. Well the book of Joshua is certainly a whole new avenue of how God deals with the People of Israel after the Exodus. As this is a complex question that requires me to write even a hub about it I will just break it down to you in a few sentences.

      I do believe that book's main message is that Jesus Christ is the captain of our salvation. Remember in the old testament, the grace of our Lord had not yet been implemented. People lived by the law of the ten commandments and therefore the law required for you to kill in order for it to exists. The law could not have existed if people were not prone to break it. When Jesus came in the new testament he wiped off the need for us to follow the law and gave us his grace. I suggest you study and read the book of Romans to understand fully how his grace really works.

      I think I will write a hub about this! Thanks for stopping by Jay C and helping me get cured of writer's block!

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      What is your perspective on the Book of Joshua?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Aneegma :)

      I said I'd venture over and read some of your hubs. This one caught my eye...The Bible. I think there are about eight bibles in our house. We have given a few away over the years. I have read it and studied it with a church group I used to be part of.

      Whenever I have an important decision to make I say a small prayer asking The Lord to direct me and give me advice...then open the Bible at a random page...and 'voila' the answer is usually there before my eyes. I especially love the proverbs of Jesus, and the psalms, but there are lessons throughout. The Bible is confronting to many people because it makes you look inside yourself and makes you face your flaws. Wonderful hub, voted up. God bless you.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Yes, I have read the entire Bible and would like to emphasize that each book be read from the first chapter to the second... to the end. I have listened to many ministers take passages out of context to the extent the meaning of the book was changed. Be careful of ministers who cite only a passage! Go back and read the whole book.

      What bothers me about the Bible is the Old Testament depiction of God. Particularly the Book of Joshua tells a story of God making a deal with one group of people to kill another group of people (including women and children) for a payment in land. This is called "The Coveneant." The Land is then called "Holy" when people have killed for it. For further reading see, "Bible Atrocities."

      I believe in the New Testament depiction of God: A peaceful, loving Father. I see a contradiction between the Old Testament depiction of God (vengeful, jealous, killer) and the New Testament depiction of God (forgiving Father). I believe all depictions of God from the Old Testament should carry a warning: "This is not what Jesus taught."

      Lastly, no one really knows what happened in ancient times. No one alive today is a fact witness and the books were written by people each of whom have their own personal prejudices (just as all people do). Also, all the ancient books have been translated.

      What do you think of The Book of Joshua?

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      Jasmine JellyBaby 3 years ago

      Wow that's pretty interesting. I have always been a lazy reader of the Bible but thanks for kicking me to read again. Brilliant hub.