As we begin this 21st century, we find ourselves flooded with every size, description and variety of Bible.
Remember the stories about when Henry Ford started to mass produce automobiles? He had all the Model-T Fords painted black -- because he didn't see any need or desire for variety in automobiles.
About the same time as Henry Ford was painting all Ford cars black, Bibles were being printed and distributed all over the world -- and everyone could have a Bible, as long as it was a black King James version.
Today we are blessed with an incredible variety of Bibles, translations, study Bibles and resources. But unlike the cars that jam our streets and freeways, it doesn't seem our Bibles are getting much use.
Many of our Bibles are "parked" on our living room tables or on a bookshelf. Some people just "feel better" having a Bible around the house. But have you read any recent reports of too many people studying and reading their Bibles, causing a "traffic jam" of Bible readers?
The person who owns a Bible but does not read or study it is no different from the person who does not or cannot own a Bible at all. Have you taken a look at Christian television lately? It seems the vast majority of Christian television programs assume listeners do not read or study their Bibles, for if listeners did know their Bibles they would quickly become former listeners.
Many people today are falling for all kinds of unbiblical teachings that might sound and feel good, but much of that teaching is not from the Bible. A lack of knowledge of the Bible is getting many people into spiritual trouble.
Ignorance of what the Bible teaches is no excuse. The Bible itself tells us we cannot simply rely on others to do our Bible study for us -- the Apostle Paul instructs us, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
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