7 Myths about Studying The Bible

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Do you have myths about studying The Bible? As a Christian who grew up in a Christian home, I often take The Bible for granted. I have a hard time accepting that people may not believe The Bible is the word of God and are intimidated by what they hear about The Bible and studying The Bible. Continue to read as I dispel 7 myths about studying The Bible.

7 Myths about Studying The Bible

1. You need special tools to study The Bible. 

There are many Bible study tools out there that make Bible study easier. But, they are NOT needed to study The Bible.

All you need is The Bible and the help of The Holy Spirit. A pen and paper are handy to write things down, but they are not necessary. 

2. Only Pastors and leaders should study The Bible

Spiritual leaders SHOULD study The Bible because they are teachers and examples to others. You should not teach what you don’t know. 

But, all Christians should learn how to study The Bible. 

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:11

Spiritual leaders are just people. They sometimes make mistakes.

It is our responsibility to test what a preacher says against scripture. We can’t do that if we are not spending time in God’s word ourselves. 

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3. Group Bible studies are not necessary 

We can sometimes assume we can study the Bible on our own. We might believe that we don’t need to study the Bible with others because there are so many materials (both print and online) readily available to us.

Reading the Bible in a group has many benefits! 

The insight and wisdom of other believers, however, is one of the primary ways that God utilizes the Bible in our life, and it is lost when we exclusively study the Bible on our own.

Because the Bible can be complex and layered, there are truths we can overlook while studying it on our own.

When we study the Bible with others, it helps us see more of it than we would if we were studying it alone.

Being in the Word together is one of the many advantages of assembling with God’s people. When Paul instructs Timothy,

“Until I arrive, commit yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching,” he emphasizes this.

1 Tim. 4:13

We should seek out chances to spend time with other believers studying the Bible, whether that be in a small group, adult education class, or some other setting, in addition to giving great attention to the Word being preached on Sunday mornings.

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4. Bible study takes a lot of time.

Most of us have busy schedules that are full. We feel pressure from difrent commitments that fight for our time and attention. This includes family, work, education, church, and relationships, and others.

Because we believe it takes a large amount of time to study the Bible, it might feel like one more item we don’t have time to for.

Most of us have access to more time than we think. Take into account how much time many of us spend using our phones, checking social media, or watching TV. 

If we really don’t have time to study the Bible, God’s Spirit is still able to use even short periods of time (even as little as 10-15 minutes) to help us understand who God is.

5. You require a difficult procedure.

Some methods for learning the Bible involve a lot of steps and are quite intricate and difficult. These techniques can be beneficial for exploring the depths of Scripture.

However, it is not necessary to be that way. Jesus provided us with instructions on what to concentrate on when reading the Bible. He answered when asked what the Bible’s greatest commandment was:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matt. 22:37–39

According to Jesus, everything in Scripture in some way relates to loving God or loving our neighbour. So one very simple method for studying the Bible is asking good questions that help us to see the very things that God wants us to see in Scripture.

There are simple Bible study methods you can use to dig into scripture. Start with those and see how it changes what you know of scripture and how you approach it.

6. Bible reading is the same as Bible study

Reading The Bible and studying it is quite different. They are both useful, but are used for different functions and are used in different contexts.

You can read this blog post to learn more about the differences. 

7. The New Testament is more important than the Old Testament. 

The Old Testament is 3/4 of the Bible. The Old Testament is the major context for understanding the New Testament. New Tribes missions, a missionary organization. Once the missionaries have learned the language and trust in a village they start giving Bible Lessons. They start in Genesis. The Old Testament holds so many truths that give us a good understanding of what then happens in the New Testament. 

I know there are many myths about reading the Bible. I also know that you may want to learn more and get some amazing Bible teaching.

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Author: Anne Markey

Anne is a stay at home mother of 3 who has been married for more then 10 years. She loves the Lord and is passionate about helping women learn who they are in Christ and how to live a life that glorifies Him.

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