You have to read the Bible for yourself. So many people go around quoting nonexistent “scriptures” or taking scriptures out of context. Salvation is too important to take someone’s word for it. You’ve got to read the Bible for yourself. You got to know what God’s word says. This is how you know how God wants you to live. If you don’t read the word of God for yourself, then deceivers can lead you astray. It is sad to think that people blindly follow deceitful “ministers” and get hurt spiritually. Think about the followers of David Koresh and Jim Jones. Surely, those people were not reading the word of God and watching and praying. If they were reading the Bible, then how could they have been deceived. Don’t let someone else read the Bible for you. Read the Bible for yourself!
Not only should you read the Bible, but you should study the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (KJV)” How can you rightly divide the word of truth if you don’t know the word? You have to know God’s word. It is what you can come back to when you don’t know what to do. It is how God speaks to us. If His word says its wrong, then no one has the right to say its right. God’s word does not change so you can always count on God’s word.
If you are new to reading the Bible, I recommend starting off reading the Gospels. The miracles of Jesus Christ will captivate you. Always pray before you read the Bible. Pray that God reveals His message to you in a manner that you can understand. Then read the Bible verses at your own pace. You don’t have to finish the entire chapter in one day. Just start. Just start to read the Bible for yourself.
About the Author: LaToya Griffin is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Counseling. She blogs in her spare time and has a passion to spread God's word. Her blog, The Gospelnista, is a Christian blog with a touch of fashion. A fashionista is a person with a passion for fashion, a Gospelnista is a person with a passion for the Gospel.