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5 comments | Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I have only been a Christian for about three years. Since the time I became a Christian, however, I have discovered something significant about the Bible and my walk. There seems to be a direct correlation between reading scripture and my obedience to Jesus. Whenever I start to “backslide,” my time in the scripture has significantly decreased, or stopped—prior. Whenever I am obedient and following God’s will, my devotional reading time is always significant.

This correspondence is not just occasional; it appears to be the case—every time. Even other Christians I have spoken with regarding this correspondence concur with my hypotheses. Now, I am not saying that if you read a lot of scripture you will not sin; this is certainly not the case. However, more time in the Bible will result in less sin.

It would be interesting to test this hypothesis. If I could measure reading time vs. sin occurrence and graph the results—that would be remarkable. However, the data would be highly subjective, especially if I was testing myself. I may, for example, subconsciously skew the data to meet my preconceived notion. I must think more about this and see if there is an objective way to measure the correspondence between “reading and sinning.”

Nevertheless, here is something to write on the first page of your bible. “This book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this book.”

I don’t remember when and where, but I have heard the quote before; so it’s not original, but it sums up everything I said in one sentence. I think I will do some reading…!

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Blogger execution said...

So, I have a question. What about the people who have never read it or even cracked it open?

9/21/2005 10:18 AM

Blogger Beowulf said...

If you are asking the question in the context of my blog, then the answer is simple. If someone has never “cracked” open the Bible there obviously is no correspondence associated with those people.

However, I suspect that you question is not in context of my blog. I think (correct me if I am wrong), that you are asking this question: “what happens to the people who have never heard of Jesus?” if this is your question, there is a completely different answer.

People don’t go to hell for never hearing of Jesus. People go to hell for sinning against God. God has made (1) channel to him, and it is through Jesus Christ. If one decides not to use that channel, there is no other way to God.

This response is obviously short and to the point, but I would like to know your thoughts on it.

9/21/2005 12:36 PM

Blogger execution said...

Hmmm, what if you don't want to beat around the bush? Isn't there a direct channel?

9/22/2005 4:57 PM

Blogger Beowulf said...

Jesus is the direct channel. Speak to Jesus and you speak to God

9/22/2005 6:59 PM

Blogger execution said...

Hmmm, interesting. Never thought of it that way before. Either way, I use my direct channel.

9/23/2005 4:31 AM


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