Why I love the Bible

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

To me, the Bible is more than just a book. It is a living thing, breathing wisdom and power. It is a message from God and a window to the future. It is one of my life-long loves.

I share my passion for the Word of God in hopes that readers will grow in their love for the Bible and will spend more time with Scripture.

Reading is one of the most important things in life and I cannot remember not being able to read. Books have been my constant companion. So, why would I neglect the greatest one ever written?

I remember Bible class as a child and winning a Bible for reading the New Testament. That was one of my proudest moments and I still have the Bible today. Later as an adult, one of my Bibles was stolen and I remember vividly the trauma I felt.

The Bible is God’s Word to humanity (2 Timothy 3:16-17). While I may be very insignificant in this world, God tells me in Scripture how important I am to him (John 3:16).

God’s Word was settled before time began, so it will never change (Psalm 119:89). Yet, I can return to its pages and continually find it fresh and new. A lifetime of study cannot exhaust its lessons.

We study, learn and live God’s Word and it is always prescient and pertinent. A student can never grow bored studying Scripture and will continually stand in awe at its brilliance.

I find myself in this book from God and that takes my breath away. I learn who I am, why I make so many mistakes and how I can grow and understand better how to deal with others. My marriage and my parenting find root in God’s Word.

I see the world in the Bible and I understand why evil exists, why people live as they do and how we can all grow closer together. Every problem of mankind finds a solution in Scripture because our Father loves us.

God’s Word is a highway to holiness (Isaiah 35:8) and I need to scour its pages to learn how I can live for God and spend an eternity in heaven with Jesus. Nothing on earth can change God’s plan and that brings comfort beyond belief!

Live in the Word, love its Message and share its glory with everyone who will listen!

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