Holy Bible

4 Reasons Why I Read The Bible Literally

Sola Scriptura [Latin: ‘by scripture alone’] is one of the five solas which arose following the protestant reformation. It is a doctrine I adore and adhere to.  And here are 4 reasons why…

Because studying law impacted how I read

When interpreting legislation, law students, lawyers and judges alike are encouraged firstly to take a literal reading of the act or statute in question. That is the general rule. The explanation for relying on this reading method is simply because we cannot know the exact thoughts or intentions of the legislature when composing the statute and we are encouraged not to resort to speculation. It is only in exceptional circumstances, where the relevant section of a statute appears quite ambiguous, do those in the legal field take a broader approach to the interpretation of the material.

A few months after becoming a believer, I reasoned that if I am taught to read laws which are made by man in such a way, shouldn’t I all the more hold the law of God in higher regard? If I am to believe God and believe his word, then I need to recognise, love and honour his sovereignty.

And in Isaiah 55:8 God says:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 

Because we should notice how Jesus treated the scriptures

It’s striking when reading the New Testament how often Jesus refers back to the Old Testament.  He upheld and respected it.  He knew it was his word and he knew the scripture testified about him (see: John 5:93). He constantly referred back to the Old Testament and it jumps out to me how often He uses the phrase ‘have you not read..’

When speaking to the Sadducees, He said in Matthew 22:31

“But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead and here, Jesus shows them their error by pointing it out from the scriptures.

One of the most compelling sentences, to me, in the whole bible is when Jesus said in John 17:17

“Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth.”

And so I hold on to that.  If I didn’t, I would in effect be calling Jesus a liar…

Because the enemy desires to distort the word of God

Have you ever noticed how satan does not deny that the bible is God’s word? Rather, what he does is distort it by twisting its meaning and attempting to convince whoever he may be talking to that perhaps God did not really mean what he really said.  Observe his conversation with Jesus in Matthew 4:5-7:

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Needless to say, I want to make sure I am not deceived.

Because the price is too high

This is a big one.  The whole purpose of my being is to essentially know, love and worship God.  I want a deeper relationship with Him and to know his will.  And if I pick and choose what I believe in the bible or give a certain passage some absurd interpretation in order to deceive myself to do or believe whatever I want, then my relationship with God will suffer.

In John 14:15, Jesus said

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

If I don’t take Him at his word, how will I know his commands? I want to know Jesus as He really is. I have no interest in a Jesus of my imagination.

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