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Do You Read But Not Study The Bible?

Discussion in 'Bible Study Forum' started by Wrangler, Jan 4, 2022.

Do You Read But Not Study The Bible?

  1. I study the Bible.

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  2. I only read the Bible but do not study it.

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  1. Enoch111

    Enoch111 Well-Known Member

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    So what is the Gospel strictly according to Scripture?
    What about the deity of Christ strictly according to Scripture?
    And is there a connection between the two according to Scripture?
     
  2. Helen

    Helen Well-Known Member

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    thanks for tag to this thread bro.

    it’s late here and I only had 4 hours sleep last night. It is happening a lot.

    so I’ve quoted your post so that I will get an alert tomorrow…then I can read through the thread and add my two cents :)

    im off to bed now , God bless you and yours.

    catch you later …H
     
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  3. Heart2Soul

    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    I have a Strong's Concordance that I keep next to me when studying...I also use the cross references especially on verses that have a larger impact in context than others.
     
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    quietthinker Well-Known Member

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    What does it matter what others do? You do what you feel persuaded you should do!
     
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  5. Taken

    Taken Well-Known Member

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    Read or Study ?

    Both requires a “student”, with a HEART willing to HEAR.
    Reading gives the student KNOWLEDGE.
    A students STUDY is focusing on particular KNOWLEDGE.
    The UNDERSTANDING of the KNOWLEDGE is given an individual BY God.

    Glory to God,
    Taken
     
  6. Lambano

    Lambano Well-Known Member

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    The Blue Letter Bible iPhone app has a handy Interlinear feature that gives the Hebrew/Greek text along with parsing information.

    I have some textbooks that give basic information on how to read Koine Greek, a gift from my brother in Colorado who is working towards his Masters in Theology. (And I might add, 6 years and a divorce later, he's no closer to getting his MTh than he was when he gave me those textbooks. Such is life in Academia.) It may be time for me to crack those books again.
     
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  7. Wrangler

    Wrangler Well-Known Member

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    Another non-value added post. If you don’t want to have a conversation about this curiosity, then feel free to post in other threads.
     
  8. Robert Gwin

    Robert Gwin Well-Known Member

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    Most definitely so Wrangler. Most people I have studied the Bible with attend church, some for years but most have to look up where Bible books are located in their Bible. I even had one guy have to look up Psalms.

    God offers everlasting life, thinking about that in honesty, there is nothing you have that is better. Most people held at gunpoint will give everything they have to a robber, and comparatively to the medical profession to save their lives temporarily. Most likely one would not initially study in depth the word of God out of love for Him, rather out of selfishness in obtaining that promise. In fact like an infant being handed a steak, a spiritual infant would be unequipped to do so. Becoming a Christian is a growth process, and as the love for God grows, so will the desire of the individual to start taking in the meat of the Word. If one never sets aside to study God's word, they will never mature sir.
     
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  9. Helen

    Helen Well-Known Member

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    When I was in my 30’s and 40’s I’d study for hours.
    Revelation… Daniel , the beast , esp the Tabernacle and it’s furniture , all the feasts of the Lord..and meanings.
    the generations and the meanings of their names which were given via prophesy …very interesting and informative.

    The longest study was probably the 42nd Generation .
    ….there's a mystery we need to try to understand. There are only 13 generations from the exile to Jesus. But the text says "to the Christ." Matthew 1:16 says, "Mary of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." The 42nd generation is between Jesus and Christ. Awesome ,…we are in Christ and all ‘ in Christ ‘ who preceded us, and will come after us , are the 42nd generation.

    But, to answer the question from OP.

    No,I don’t study the Bible , I read the Bible and wait for God to show me something . Some days He does, and some days He doesn’t. Study for studies sake is information , good information , but it’s not LIFE.
    Life through the Bible can only come via the breath of the Holy Spirit on the printed word.

    Felix said to Paul “much learning has made you mad”. Haha!

    Biblical Revelation is wonderful , but the only revelation we need is that of Jesus Christ Himself .
    Then He in turn opens up the Word to reveal more of Himself …


    My two cents….
     
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  10. Hidden In Him

    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    I've attempted it as well a few times, and the thing is, unless you intend on continuing to read Greek for the rest of your life, it becomes very hard to retain it all in your memory. That's why I have just chosen to leave it alone and focus more on studying the lexicons for the meaning of individual words in their various contexts.
    Thanks. I don't lean too heavily on Strongs anymore. I tend to go immediately to Liddell-Scott. But the Apostolic Polyglot thing sounds interesting. I used to use Marsh's LXX, but lately that seems harder to find, so I've been going with someone else (can't remember who now). And I use the Greek Bible Online when I want to quote the NT in Koine.
    This sounds like good advice, Mark, and I appreciate it. I can't say as I ever get motivated to just read Chapters anymore on my own, but one thing that helped me a little was when @Mayflower was posting those Daily Bible Verse threads. That would usually lead me to look at an entire Chapter for context, so in a way it led me to reading Chapters.

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up. That's very kind of you.
     
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    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I never let men teach me when it comes to interpretation. I rely on the Holy Spirit alone as my Teacher. I own an extensive library, but never go to any sources other than God Himself unless after prayer the Spirit of the Lord specifically directs me to one, including things like the Fathers, the TDNT, Word Biblical, or online sources. I've had too many experiences of being misled by men to go to them first. Sometimes I never go them even to confirm what the Spirit has shown me, because I know I'm right and I don't need it.
     
  12. Hidden In Him

    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    I found the video disturbing, LoL.
     
  13. Hidden In Him

    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    :)

    Hi Helen! This is true, but what actually happens with me is that I spend a great deal of time praying for the Lord to reveal things to me. As a result, when I do study, I am not trying to figure out things in the power of my carnal mind, but rather the Spirit begins to quicken things to me immediately because of those prayers. That's the difference between Spirit-led study and simply studying in the power of the flesh.

    Always good to see you around! Hope you are well : )
    - H
     
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    Mayflower Well-Known Member

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    I miss DailyBibleVerse. I posted them elsewhere, but just feels weird posting them places he was on. This is where he posted the videos. Plus I've not had a lot of time either or can actually listen to it. I normally read them.
     
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    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    It's cool. I suppose it will come around again.

    If not, it wouldn't be that hard to recreate it ourselves some day. Just post a Bible verse and leave things open to discussion. That was the part I found enjoyable. There was no script, and no doctrine to push. You just took a scripture and posted your thoughts on it, based on the surrounding context.

    It was fun. :)
     
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    Naomanos Well-Known Member

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    Yep, this is me. I didn't develop good study habits while in school. So I am just a reader of the Bible.
     
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    stredaleve Well-Known Member

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    both :) not at all times
     
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    farouk Well-Known Member

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    @Heart2Soul Strong's ref.s are useful........
     
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    I've learned to read and then to go back and study what I just read. I've found out recently, that I tend to study alot more when feeling spiritual warfare. Today, I could relax and just read through and be OK with that. :)
    I use Strong's concordance as well, when particular things keep popping out and I just have to dig a little deeper to find out what it means.
     
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  20. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    @Heart2Soul Yes, Strong's numbers are really useful in Bible study...
     
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