8 Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible Like We Should

Jeff Anderson

8 Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible Like We Should Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school. Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God.

I’m called to guide my own family, and help other believers walk with God. I’ve seen all kinds of programs, books, and solutions offered. All sound wonderful, but seem to fall short.

And there’s plenty of explanations about why young people are drifting from faith – it’s culture… it’s media… it’s parenting styles… it’s ineffective youth ministry.

I kept coming back to an answer that was so obvious… I almost missed it. The Bible.

It’s no secret biblical literacy is on decline. Every major researcher on faith trends seems to be reporting it.

But why?

The Bible is our only unchanging lifeline to our faith. Its words are the truest, and most transferable expression of God.

Only this book levels the playing field for anyone to approach God. In many ways, the words are the closest we can get to our Creator, and the only way faith transfers from one generation to the next.

Bible related products, apps, and topical books are not the answer. We have access to bazillions. Cartoons won’t build our faith, movies won’t renew our minds, and seminars won’t feed our hearts.

The Bible text is alive. So why do we settle for being once-removed from the source? Why aren’t we meeting God through His word?

Too many Christians either haven’t been engaging with the Bible, or are engaging with it in ways that don’t deepen their walk with God. As a result, the Bible doesn’t have a place in normal everyday conversations.

Here are 8 reasons we don’t read the Bible. (And I have an antidote for this at the end of the post!)

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8 Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible Like We Should

1. The Bible is optional

After all, we have TV, internet, and plenty of “wise” voices touting answers. The faith message has been oversimplified with trite expressions:

Love God, love people.

Why do I need to read that dusty book when I have a four-word synopsis?

Many people see more verses of scripture on Facebook memes than in their Bible. And to them, Facebook replaces the Bible.

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