What does it mean to say we believe the Bible?

“You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures…” (Matthew 22:29).

Next week is National Bible Week, a week to honor the importance of the Scriptures in all areas of our lives. But how strange, especially for those who claim to be Christians, that we should have to set aside a week to do so! Though it is important to emphasize the Word of God and bring it to the attention of others who may not regularly read or study (or obey!) it, it is also a sad reminder that many who claim to believe the Bible really don’t.

Think about it for a moment. What does it mean to say we believe the Bible? As Christians, it means that we not only read and study and believe what is written in it, but also that we believe EVERYTHING that is written in it—cover to cover—because God Himself is the Author of this all-time best-selling book.

I once heard someone say that we can’t be “salad bar” Christians, meaning that we can’t browse the spread God has laid out for us in His Word and then pick and choose what we want—and what we don’t. Yet many of us do that, don’t we? Worse yet, many of us don’t even know what that all-you-can-eat scripture buffet contains because we don’t spend time perusing it daily. How can we say we believe something when we don’t know what that “something” is? Jesus stressed this very point when He said, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures.” If we are mistaken at any point in our worldview and opinions, it is because we don’t really know or follow—hence, believe—what God has revealed to us in the Scriptures.

The world is starving spiritually, and we have the means to feed it. True, we can’t force-feed anyone, but we can certainly make certain that we ourselves are well fed, having made it a regular practice to daily consume God’s Word and then digest its contents in a way that our lives reflect that practice. That, my friends, is how we will cause unbelievers to become hungry for the true spiritual food that God has provided for everyone. It will never happen because we hit them over the head with that food, but only as we model what a regular diet of that food has done for us.

People of other religions sometimes refer to Christians as “people of the book.” Shouldn’t we therefore know (and honor/obey) what that book says? As we move toward the time that has been designated as National Bible Week, may we all be found faithful to KNOW the Scriptures and to live in a way that shows that knowledge and passion for that Book of all books, therefore effectively drawing others to want to do the same.

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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