I walked into a Christian Book Store and witnessed the multitude of Christian literature and it dawned on me that if someone would read all these books about God's word and not the Bible itself, they still would be lacking the pure understanding that He wants us to have in its simplest or complex form, but if we read just the Bible and seek to receive God’s blessings of understanding, our understanding of God's messages would certainly be more accurate, compelling and complete. Considering one single fact, that all these other books are filtered through man, a generation away from what the Spirit of God has shared with that author, understanding and knowing that man is not perfect. It has been my accumulated understanding that God's word is the only sure connection to the truth, more then any sermon, book, article or communication with another person. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying, sermons and books have their value but they can’t replace God’s direct word. When the Bible is frequently visited, clarity and understanding is continually increased, for this is a gift from God for ones determined search for the truth of His character and His instructions. Sermons are more inspirational and move the soul, where the Bible is educational and used for guidance and for correct following God’s purposes. Reading the Bible connects the reader to God, where a sermon tends to connect the viewer/listener more to the speaker because of the audio and the visual presence. Because of this effect on the viewer, a good sermon can be lost by a poor speaker, or an incorrect sermon can be accepted as truth by a powerful presentation or a personable speaker. Sermons are generally not investigated by the listener because few take the time to jot down supporting text or little interest in researching the topic presented. A list of all verses used in a sermon (assuming the sermon is planned out) would be helpful if listed in the bulletin, more would use this information, since it is already available.
When our motivation is seeking the truth, God blesses the people who spend time reading, searching and studying His word, revealing to Him our dedication and He rewards us with understanding and wisdom. It may be difficult for some to accept this but our education or intelligence has little to do with whom God blesses with clarity and understanding of His concepts and truths. Unfortunately, the statistics on the amount people read the Bible is lower then I expected and this is confirmed when talking with people about how much they read the actual Bible. Most churchgoers think they read a fair amount, but they tend to include books “about” the Bible as reading the Bible, which certainly is not the same. I can’t say if this is acceptable to God, if we have the real Book and choose to read something that is filtered through man, you’ll need to discuss that with Him in prayer. I’ve found that few have ever read the Bible in its entirety, but secular books are usually read from front to back, even religious books about the Bible are almost always completed. Isn’t it more important to finish the Original and leave some of the other books incompletely read? Of course this task takes time and a personal commitment but the rewards are far beyond the effort spent. To reach the truth is worth any effort because anything other then the truth is a waste of time, even dangerous. If you hear a sermon and fail to investigate the subject, can you be certain that it is the truth and Biblical?
God’s judgment is based on the Bible content and not on any or all the sermons, books or video presentations. Too many people assume that the speaker has done a complete study of the subject but if you investigate the subject yourself, you might find some discrepancies or better yet, find further support on the topic, either case you will be more sure and versed on the subject and more committed and inspired to share this message with others that didn’t have the benefit of hearing that particular sermon.
Forever, the message is, read the Bible for yourself to receive the blessing of needed understanding that God is anxious to share with you and any doubt you may harbor will soon be replaced with a brighter light. We now have the ability and the tools to search this precious Book (Bible), unlike a few hundred years ago. We are a blessed generation with access to much information; we should use this advantage to study the most important things? Because of our general Laodicean attitude about studying from the source of truth, this indicates to me that we are truly near the end of time. We should be studying harder, even feverishly, even if the end isn’t as soon as we might expect or desire, each of us have a personal end, whenever that is, we won’t know until it is too late! We have no control of the first death (a sleep because we will all be resurrected), when or how, but we do have control over the second death, halleluiah! That is the decision we all personally need to make, to follow our Sheppard, Jesus, sent by Jehovah for us to seek righteousness along the straight path, homeward bound to God’s Kingdom, to avoid the second death, the everlasting death. The contents of the Bible are directed to us, personally and for us, directly; it is about us, for our benefit and for our salvation. Read all of God's word and reap the glorious benefits of understanding the truth, praise Jehovah.