Unbelief, indifference, busyness, and laziness are some of the excuses people give for not reading the Bible. Gamaliel Bradford, a renowned American biographer who explored the lives and motives of famous individuals, candidly admitted, “I do not read the New Testament for fear of its awakening a storm of anxiety and self-reproach and doubt and dread of having taken the wrong path, of having been traitor to the plain and simple God.”
Fear of facing up to failure, guilt, and sin is not a very reasonable reason to avoid reading the Bible! It’s about as irrational as refusing to see a doctor because there’s a suspicion that cancer has started to develop in one’s body.
Yes, the Bible does indeed compel us to face ourselves. It is like an x-ray machine that penetrates below the facade of goodness and shows up any spiritual malignancy. It enables us to see how God views all the worst diseases of the soul. But the Bible does more than expose a fatal condition. It introduces us to the Great Physician, who can cure our sin and bring spiritual healing.
If you read the Bible with a willingness to obey the truth, you will find life’s greatest cure.
Instill within our hearts, dear Lord,
A deep desire to know Your voice;
We need to learn to hear Your Word
That we may make Your will our choice. —DJD
Many people criticize the Bible because the Bible criticizes them.