Why Study the Bible?

by Robert Velarde

Most articles about studying the Bible jump right into the topic at hand. This article will take a different approach by first asking the question, Why study the Bible? This is both practical and foundational. It is practical because we will learn real reasons why studying the Bible is important, but it is also foundational because it will prepare us for future discussions on the importance of Bible study.

While not an exhaustive list, below are eight reasons for studying the Bible:

Cultural literacy

To learn what it says firsthand

Personal edification

To help others


Because it is God's Word to us

To know God better

Avoiding error

Cultural Literacy

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U2's Bono Discusses Faith, Helping Others

By Katherine Weber
Christian Post Reporter

Bono, the lead singer of the highly-successful Irish rock band  U2, recently sat down with Jim Daly of the nonprofit group Focus on the Family  to discuss everything from his children, to his love for his wife of 30 years,  Ali Hewson, to his knowledge of Scripture.

While speaking with Daly at the American Bible Society in New York City  recently, Bono's talk particularly focused on helping others, as seen through  his ONE campaign, which he co-founded in 2004 to fight extreme poverty and  HIV/AIDS, particularly in Africa. The  campaign seeks to use advocacy, media and policy to raise public awareness  regarding issues such as preventable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, extreme  poverty, child mortality, education, and malaria.

Bono told Daly that he has chosen to put so much time and energy into the ONE  Campaign because to him, "love is to realize the potential of others."

"The job of love is to realize potential. When you see lives squandered in  the developing world because they cannot get access to medicines that we buy or they can't vaccinate their kids for measles, then you know something's up.  The job of love is to realize that potential," Bono said.

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What the Bible Teaches us About Tragedy

What Can We Learn When Trials Beyond Our Control Hit Hard

The walk of a believer is often fraught with trials and tribulations leading to both defeat and victory. Life’s tragedies, your personal 9/11’s come into our lives seemingly in waves as we face obstacles, which both challenge our confidence and test our faith. Time stood still as the towers fell on that fateful day on September 11, 2001 and lives all over the world were changed forever and the world as we knew it would never be the same. It is only by the power of an almighty God that we are to persevere.

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Providential perspective

Thomas Lake is a Sports Illustrated senior writer. A recent Gospel Coalition article on him began, "It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter-perhaps the finest young writer period-in America is a Christian."

Your mom and your dad, a pastor, homeschooled you and your five siblings-how did that prepare you for your job as a writer? It was pretty free-form. A lot of going to the library-the whole pack of us in the station wagon-and we would check out 40 or 50 books at a time and sit around reading them.

We had lesson plans for learning math and all that, but a lot of it was pursuing our intellectual curiosity, and that's what I get paid to do: Think of something I'm curious about, and go find out the rest of the story. It's a privilege to be able to do that.

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Who is Saeed Abedini?


Pastor Saeed Abedini is a United States citizen from Boise, Idaho, who has been imprisoned for 223 days in Iran for “crimes against the Islamic Republic,” meaning sharing his Christian faith. Despite internal bleeding and other untreated injuries caused by months of beatings and torture, he is refused medical care and kept in solitary confinement, described by his wife as a “small dark hole.” Today is his 33rd birthday.

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