All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood books in all the world is the bible. Before you start screaming at me, please hear me out as I explain. Too often we use or misuse the bible to legitimize our own self serving needs. To support whatever ideas or practice we promote by selecting flashy bible verses that are often taken out of context. We use bible verses to rebuke, condemn, chastise and judge others, all as part of making ourselves feel better. We can probably justify any behavior, any misinformation, any idea no matter how polarizing or demoralizing they may be by simply quoting from the bible. We use the bible to shame, blame, demote, promote, clarify, ratify, conspire, inspire and the list goes on. So is there anything wrong with that? The short answer is no, but we must also understand that the bible is intended to add to our completeness as humans. It is not intended to build walls or erect monuments of disharmony and alienation. To add value to our lives. The fact that we are versed in scripture should not be an occasion to belittle other’s ignorance or demean their experiences. Instead biblical knowledge should offer opportunities for teaching, edifying and equipping others. By all means we should memorize bible verses, but only as a means of inspiring and challenging others or as a foundation on which we build our spiritual maturity. The bible is essential to our growth as Christians. Finally, we must be consistent and deliberate about how often we engage ourselves in biblical studies.