Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How To Read The Bible (Part 2) - The Christian Worldview

The motives for which people read the Bible usually fall into one of two categories: pleasure and knowledge. When it comes to reading Scripture, prior influences concerning the purposes of reading often unknowingly creep in. All too easily, the Bible can be picked up and read primarily to advance in knowledge and enjoyment.

Scripture can be read only for knowledge— so that the reader can impress others with a vast array of facts. Also, it can be read for enjoyment— so that the reader can gain satisfaction and pleasure. But, neither of these should be primary motives for Bible reading (or any other type of reading).

Enjoyment puts the all the emphasis on the reader. Knowledge left to itself produces pride. Scripture describes those who have completely wrong motives; they are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7).

The primary motivation when reading anything, especially Scripture, should be to give glory to God. Increasing in knowledge and enjoyment should occur when reading Scripture, but such pursuits should be motivated by a greater desire: that God's name be greatly exalted. Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
~Psalm 115:1

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