Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Christianity and the Importance of Reading - Part 1

Reading is important because God has given us His Word in written form. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read that all scripture is given by inspiration of God. The Greek word for scripture in this verse is “graphe” from which we get the words graph, graphite, etc. All of these words in English have the concept of writing associated with them. So Paul is telling Timothy that all of “The Writing” is given by inspiration of God. It is God breathed and is profitable.

In 2 Peter 1:21 we learn that holy men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The Psalmist tells us that the Lord gave the word and great was the company of those that published it. Psalm 68:11

And finally in Hebrews 4:12 we learn that the Word of God is living and powerful and able to pierce down to distinguish between the soul and spirit and between the thoughts and intents of the heart.

So I maintain that reading is important because the God that exists has chosen to communicate with us through the medium of the written word. If we don’t know how to read or we don’t care to read then God’s Word will be closed to us unless we hear it read.

Next time we’ll look at how reading is commanded, encouraged and expected.

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