Thursday, August 07, 2008
The Bible is God's revelation of Himself to man. To know God, one must read and study the scriptures. Our current generation, even most confessing Christians, are not biblically literate. Many think that God is "experienced" through worship and reveals Himself through our thoughts and feelings. Many think that a knowledge of the Bible is only for theologians and pastors and seminary students. When the Bible is infrequently read, it is a tool to look up a verse or verses pertaining to an issue that is currently being struggled with. Reading the Bible in this manner has some benefits, but it reveals an attitude that self centered rather than God centered.
God centered Bible study dilligently studies the scripture to learn more about the character and nature of God, then makes personal applications. Man centered Bible study approaches the scripture with a personal agenda to learn more about what God can give, and ignores anything that does not feel relevant.