Growing up as a Christian, I had always heard you should read your bible. Maybe memorize a verse a week, as long as I was reading something every now and then that seemed to be good. But here’s the thing, I don’t actually remember anyone encouraging me to read the Bible everyday. I don’t actually remember if anyone told me WHY I should read the Bible daily, other than the basic “because the Bible says so”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, “because the Bible says so” is a great reason. But something in me wanted more evidence. I wanted proof. Here’s the best thing about God, He’s not taken back by your questions! He doesn’t get offended when you want to know more, you are totally allowed to ASK QUESTIONS! Even if they’re questions you’ve never heard asked before, God has an answer for you. As you dig deeper to find your answers, God will meet you there. But, if there’s one thing I can encourage you to do, it’s to actually look/research for your answers! Don’t just let your questions sit in your mind and fester, that does no one any good. God has answers, so don’t be afraid to ask and look for your answer.
Did you know only 9% of Christian millennials read their bible daily? What’s funny is that millennials have more access to the Bible than any other generation before us. But yet, we’re reading it less and less. I can’t help but wonder if that has anything to do with not fully understanding WHY we’re supposed to. If you know the why behind something, if you know the benefits of something, you’re more likely to do it. While reading a study called “The science of what makes people care” I read a paragraph that stuck out to me. I’ll put it in here so you can read it for yourself. “People seek information that makes them feel good about themselves and allows them to be a better version of themselves. If you start with this understanding of the human mind and behavior, you can design campaigns that help people see where your values intersect and how the issues you are working on matter to them.” How amazing is it that the Bible is the BEST source to make you feel good! If people only knew how God talks about his creation, maybe then they’d want to read it!
When I read things like that ^^ honestly it makes me feel convicted. I wonder how many of us Christians have forgotten to tell others about the LOVE of Christ, the LOVE of the gospel, the LOVE of God, we’ve forgotten the “feel good” part so much that they don’t even bother with our values! If people seek information that makes them feel good and helps them be a better version of themselves, and only 9% of Christian millennials read their bible, then our problem is Christian millennials don’t think the Bible will make them feel good (whether that’s due to past church hurt, or coming in contact with hypocritical Christians) and they don’t believe it will make them a better version of themselves.
Now I know, the Bible isn’t supposed to always make you feel good. But, it is the source of our identity. It’s the book that tells us how we should feel! “I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.”-Psalms 139:14 (CSB) The Bible says you are REMARKABLE and WONDROUS because you have been made by the creator of the universe! I mean the Bible even promises 9 different fruits of the spirit if you are living by the Spirit (the spirit of God that is). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”-Galatians 5:22-23(CSB) If that’s not feel good, I don’t know what is. As for becoming a better version of yourself by reading the Bible, there’s some scientific evidence for that.
According to a study done by the Center for Bible Engagement, the life of someone who engages in their bible 4 or more times a week looks radically different from the life of someone who does not. It also shows the lives of Christians who do not engage the Bible most days of the week (the other 91% of Christian millennials) are statistically the same as the lives of non-believers. WOW. Read that again. Christians are not called to look like the world. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.” -1 John 2:15(CSB) “I have given them your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” -John 17:1(CBS) There’s plenty of scriptures I can use about not being of the world but I’m sure you get the point. The fact that around 91% of millennials who call themselves christians don’t live lives different than non-believers, yikes.
Back to the CBE study, someone who engages the Bible 4 or more times a week is 228% more likely to share faith with others, 407% more likely to memorize scripture, 59% less likely to view pornography, and 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness. Christians who read their bible 4 or more times a week have lower odds of participating in these behaviors: 57% less likely to get drunk, 68% less likely to have sex outside of marriage, 74% less likely to gamble, and 57% less likely to do any of these behaviors. I don’t know about you guys, but that sounds like “a better version of oneself” to me. This study is seriously so interesting, so I’ll leave all of the links down below so you can check it out for yourself. Go study them! This proves reading your bible daily will improve your life! JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS! “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path”-Psalms 119:105 (CSB) Don’t you want to see where you’re walking in your life? Wouldn’t you consider that a benefit? I would.
So, as christians, it’s pretty clear we need to read our bible. But now if someone asks you why, you can give them a genuine answer, not just something you learned in Sunday school (nothing against Sunday school that was my jam). The Bible not only makes us feel good and do good, it also makes us better versions of ourselves. Actually not just better, but the best version of ourselves.
I hope this blog encourages you guys to read your bible! I know after reading all of these studies it for sure made me want to go read mine. If you have any questions or want to continue this conversation then comment down below! I’m always open for a good convo.
I love you guys, talk to you later.
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