This is Part Two in the series, “2 Questions for Examining…” Part One: 2 Questions for Examining Our Affection for Christ.
I can handle answers. It’s the good questions that I have a hard time recovering from. They hit harder.
The following are two quality questions. They are thought provoking. Give them both a serious answer.
1. Why do I read the Bible?
Why do you read the Bible? On his blog, Don Dudley writes,
“Our answer will tell us a lot about who we are. I think the reality is, many of us probably cannot answer the question because we do not know.
Most answers will either be based on the need for knowledge (I want to learn about God, history, doctrine, etc) and emotion (I want to be closer to God because he makes me warm and fuzzy).
What happens beneath the surface is we tend to embrace intellectualism or we embrace an emotional faith with no balance in between.”
2. Is there anything in my life that can be explained only because of God Himself?
In his book, How to Give Away Your Faith, Paul E. Little writes,
“The problem of mere ‘environmental faith’ is plaguing the church of Jesus Christ today. I use this term to describe spiritual life when it’s largely an outgrowth of our surroundings:
Sundays we always go to Bible classes and worship services where we hear the Bible expounded.
During the week we attend prayer meetings and say our little piece.
Much of our time is spent with Christian friends; we speak the same language.
But that’s about the extent of out Christian life. We don’t know what direct, personal, communication between ourselves and the living God is…Result? When the non-Christian looks at us he sees a reflection of our environment (which he does not share) but nothing more. And it doesn’t impress him. He’s not looking for an environment. He’s looking for living faith…
Suddenly we’re faced with the shallow superficiality of our Christian experience…[W]e frequently need to ask ourselves, ‘Is there anything in my life that can be explained only because of God Himself? Or is everything due to my background, surroundings, and present circumstances? What if, a week from now, my environment should be completely different?”