One of the sad as well as destructive failures of man/woman today is their failure to read the Bible and seek wisdom therein. Many people even in America today have never picked up a copy of the Bible and given it an examination. It is my opinion that these people do not understand how important to their and their family’s well being knowledge of the Bible can be. Just a casual reading of the Bible on a daily basis will give a person a better understanding of themselves, their origin, and why they were born into this world. It is surely a difficult lifestyle to live without knowing that God created all things and that God is a friend of mankind and not an enemy. Indeed, the Bible tells us about our arch enemy the Devil who would keep all people from reading the Bible because the Devil knows that when a person begins to read and understand the Bible their knowledge will condemn evil; of which the Devil is the father (cf. 1 Timothy 3:7). Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (KJV).
We came from somewhere, off in the past, and there is 6,000 years of history that indicates that man has been on this earth [i.e. the historical record contained in the Bible that indicates the age of mankind as app. 6,000]. As we examine the Bible we find out many things about ourselves that we did not know. For instance we find that our first ancestors were Adam and Eve the first people on earth and from these two people all the people of the earth has descended; thereby making us all of one blood (i.e. relatives). Acts 17:23-28, “23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (KJV).
Yes, the Bible is truly a remarkable book; everyone should read and study it for valuable guidance through the pitfalls of life. Indeed; the Bible tells us about God, about the great flood, about the history of the Israelites, about the Promised Land that God promised to give to the Israelites and yes, about their inheritance and settlement in the Promised Land—cf. the united kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon. There is a great and wonderful experience in store for those who have never read and searched the Bible. There are so many amazing and wonderful things, relationships, and concepts for the reader to digest that is contained in the Bible. The importance of the Bible in today’s modern world cannot be over emphasized; there are far too many people without meaningful life or direction today. The Bible can aid man in understanding his role in the scheme of life—Note carefully the following thought that is revealed to us by the Prophet Jeremiah—Jeremiah 10:23, “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (KJV).
~Garreth L. Clair