The first point is a no-brainer:
1. Read your Bible.
I should be able to stop right there with that point. We are Christians and we should know that we need to read the Bible. But do you know how many people actually open it and read it?
Statistics show that less than 10% of professing Christians have read their Bible in its entirety.1
And we wonder why we are so easily duped.
You might wonder why Bible reading is so important. They didn’t have the full Bible in the OT, so we should be fine without reading it now, right? Well, it is true that they only had the OT, but they were to live by the law and practice it. All boys were required to go to Torah school to learn it. Evidently, it was important to God that they read it. How much more today? We have the whole counsel of God available to us, which means we have so much more to be accountable for. It is to our advantage that we read it.
If every Christian were to read their Bible on a regular basis, there would not be as much deception going on as there is. This is just my personal opinion, but I think due to all of the Bible teachers so readily available to us, it is easy to think,
“I don’t need to read my Bible! So-in-so can teach it to me.”
Now, we wouldn’t actually think that, but our Bible reading practices tell a different story. What if our favorite Bible teacher is teaching something contrary to Scripture? We wouldn’t know, because we don’t know our Bible. In fact, “established institutionalized Christianity just tends to ignore the Bible.” ~Dr. Siam Bhayro 2
Where does this leave us regarding Jesus’ deity? Jesus’ deity is the most attacked doctrine in the Bible, in my opinion. If you don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the only Christ, then you don’t believe in the Jesus of the Bible. In part two of this series, I will get into how to know if the Jesus of whatever book you’re reading, or whoever you’re listening to, is the same Jesus of the Bible. However, for now, we must know and understand who Jesus was. The Bible is full of verses attesting to His deity.
I know we are busy, and it seems like there is just not enough time in the day to do the reading which is vital to our spiritual health. I am a mother of three, so I completely get it. But, we have the eternal souls of our children at stake and God requires that we teach them His Word. If we find we don’t have enough time, then we must re-evaluate our priorities. Maybe there’s a television show that can go, or maybe some time on Facebook or Pinterest needs to be cut back.
Don’t be discouraged, because I have good news! Included in this post is a free download with quite a few verses on Jesus’ deity, so you don’t even have to search for them! All you need to do is look them up and write down your thoughts about each verse.
In part two, we’re going to see how we can compare what the “Jesus” in a book says with what the Jesus of the Book says. I’ll see you then!!
2. “The Daniel Project” (A Studio Scotland Production, 2011)