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Explanation of euthanasia. When it is wrong and when it is not according to conscience

In the case of patients in a coma, maybe even for years, after doctors said they will not wake up anymore, we can not know if the doctors are not wrong. It is possible that after a relatively long period these people will come out of the coma. Those people are actually "sleeping" for years, and even if they had to wake up with different brain trauma etc., we do not know if they would agree about the interruption of their lives. Their might want to continue to stay alive with all the problems they see in them after waking up. This tells us that someone is erroneously deciding on the life of others, without these being in agreement, regardless of whether it is right or wrong for someone to decide over his/her own life. Let us assume that the person in a coma has signed on to unplug the machines because he/she thought after waking up she could be ruined to the point of preferring death. Physicians who decide to pull the machines would be wrong if they did, because the person who signed could wake up without serious traumas to the point of preferring more life than death, and so it would go "okay." This is the reasoning about those who decide to unplug the machines. The reasoning with respect to the person who signs is that not knowing how it will end, he/she is deciding prematurely to end his/her life, and therefore wrong. It's right to take the decision to end his/her life when he/she wakes up and the conditions are relatively severe to the point of bringing an end to his/her life for his/her decision. The fact that we are talking of the termination of someone's life does not mean that to stay alive has always absolute priority. Here it applies the principle of the good considered major, which is relative to the individual. Those who makes the decision of death procured "compassion for oneself" so as not to want to see himself/herself suffer, and possibly to cause less problems to others, such as parents, brothers, etc., then it is right to do so, provided that the decision was taken without any doubt, otherwise it is sin (Romans 14:22-23). Let's take for example diseases such as facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, which causes the patient to be immobile in the bed, only able to move the eyes. If the patient suffers to the point of wanting more death than life, the decision to put him to death is not wrong. It's a huge mistake to think that life has always absolute priority. I have found nothing in the Bible which indicates that the death is always more wrong than any other evil. Murder is an act done with malice; when the choice to end a life is taken in good conscience, and then the scope is for a greater good, it is no longer murder. That said, it's not wrong if a nation allows euthanasia.

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Explanation of euthanasia. When it is wrong and when it is not according to conscience

In the case of patients in a coma, maybe even for years, after doctors said they will not wake up anymore, we can not know if the doctors are not wrong. It is possible that after a relatively long period these people will come out of the coma. Those people are actually "sleeping" for years, and even if they had to wake up with different brain trauma etc., we do not know if they would agree about the interruption of their lives. Their might want to continue to stay alive with all the problems they see in them after waking up. This tells us that someone is erroneously deciding on the life of others, without these being in agreement, regardless of whether it is right or wrong for someone to decide over his/her own life. Let us assume that the person in a coma has signed on to unplug the machines because he/she thought after waking up she could be ruined to the point of preferring death. Physicians who decide to pull the machines would be wrong if they did, because the person who signed could wake up without serious traumas to the point of preferring more life than death, and so it would go "okay." This is the reasoning about those who decide to unplug the machines. The reasoning with respect to the person who signs is that not knowing how it will end, he/she is deciding prematurely to end his/her life, and therefore wrong. It's right to take the decision to end his/her life when he/she wakes up and the conditions are relatively severe to the point of bringing an end to his/her life for his/her decision. The fact that we are talking of the termination of someone's life does not mean that to stay alive has always absolute priority. Here it applies the principle of the good considered major, which is relative to the individual. Those who makes the decision of death procured "compassion for oneself" so as not to want to see himself/herself suffer, and possibly to cause less problems to others, such as parents, brothers, etc., then it is right to do so, provided that the decision was taken without any doubt, otherwise it is sin (Romans 14:22-23). Let's take for example diseases such as facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, which causes the patient to be immobile in the bed, only able to move the eyes. If the patient suffers to the point of wanting more death than life, the decision to put him to death is not wrong. It's a huge mistake to think that life has always absolute priority. I have found nothing in the Bible which indicates that the death is always more wrong than any other evil. Murder is an act done with malice; when the choice to end a life is taken in good conscience, and then the scope is for a greater good, it is no longer murder. That said, it's not wrong if a nation allows euthanasia.
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Explanation of euthanasia. When it is wrong and when it is not according to conscience

In the case of patients in a coma, maybe even for years, after doctors said they will not wake up anymore, we can not know if the doctors are not wrong. It is possible that after a relatively long period these people will come out of the coma. Those people are actually "sleeping" for years, and even if they had to wake up with different brain trauma etc., we do not know if they would agree about the interruption of their lives. Their might want to continue to stay alive with all the problems they see in them after waking up. This tells us that someone is erroneously deciding on the life of others, without these being in agreement, regardless of whether it is right or wrong for someone to decide over his/her own life. Let us assume that the person in a coma has signed on to unplug the machines because he/she thought after waking up she could be ruined to the point of preferring death. Physicians who decide to pull the machines would be wrong if they did, because the person who signed could wake up without serious traumas to the point of preferring more life than death, and so it would go "okay." This is the reasoning about those who decide to unplug the machines. The reasoning with respect to the person who signs is that not knowing how it will end, he/she is deciding prematurely to end his/her life, and therefore wrong. It's right to take the decision to end his/her life when he/she wakes up and the conditions are relatively severe to the point of bringing an end to his/her life for his/her decision. The fact that we are talking of the termination of someone's life does not mean that to stay alive has always absolute priority. Here it applies the principle of the good considered major, which is relative to the individual. Those who makes the decision of death procured "compassion for oneself" so as not to want to see himself/herself suffer, and possibly to cause less problems to others, such as parents, brothers, etc., then it is right to do so, provided that the decision was taken without any doubt, otherwise it is sin (Romans 14:22-23). Let's take for example diseases such as facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, which causes the patient to be immobile in the bed, only able to move the eyes. If the patient suffers to the point of wanting more death than life, the decision to put him to death is not wrong. It's a huge mistake to think that life has always absolute priority. I have found nothing in the Bible which indicates that the death is always more wrong than any other evil. Murder is an act done with malice; when the choice to end a life is taken in good conscience, and then the scope is for a greater good, it is no longer murder. That said, it's not wrong if a nation allows euthanasia.
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How to Share the Gospel With Atheists

Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher and he confessed he was an atheist. What unfolded on the rest of the flight was a deep, thought-provocative, laughter-laced gospel conversation.
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of engaging many atheists like James in various settings. I’ve discovered five helpful tips when sharing the gospel with someone who claims to not believe in God.
1. Don’t be shocked and do ask tons of questions.
Some atheists like to shock Christians with the fact that they don’t believe in God. This brand of atheist pulls the pin on the “there is no God”grenade and drops it in the middle of the conversation, expecting Christians to run for cover.
Don’t be phased. As a matter of fact start asking questions about their atheism. Find out what they mean by atheism (some are agnostics but call themselves atheists.) Ask questions about their background. Were they raised in church? Do they have any Christian friends? Where were they educated about atheism?
And remember that, as you ask questions, your goal is not to trap them but to understand them. Find out areas where you agree. Just like Paul found common ground with the athenians when he discovered an altar “To the Unknown God” we can find common ground in a mutual rejection of legalistic religion, a passion for science and reason and, usually, an overall positive view of the historic Jesus.
Although James spoke somewhat negatively of religion he spoke well of Jesus. While he didn’t view Jesus as the Son of God he did perceive him as an enlightened soul. At the minimum that was something I could build on in making my own case for Christ.
2. Listen deeply for the real “why.”
Often atheists have a reason (other than “reason“) for becoming atheists. Listen for it. Sometimes it’s anger over losing a loved one. Other times it’s that they were hurt by the church in some way. But often there’s a “why” behind the lie they are embracing.
In John 4 Jesus masterfully attacked the why behind the lie that the woman at the well was embracing. She was not an atheist but a hedonist who thought that satisfaction could be found if she finally found the right guy. But Jesus offers her living water to satisfy her deepest needs and, finally, her thirst was fully quenched.
James shared with me about his upbringing in England and his regular attendance at The Church of England. He told me about how his wife had left him and how he could only see his kids every other weekend. James shared how he reads at least a book a week and how he loses himself in novels.
As he shared I couldn’t quite nail why he was an atheist but I could sense that he was a lonely man. My heart went out to him and I think he could sense my sympathy.
3. Connect relationally.
Atheists are real people with real feelings. They laugh, cry, talk and connect like anyone else. I think that too many times Christians treat atheists as objects and not people.
James and I joked together as we sparred each other. I listened to him and he listened to me. Bottom line is that I like James. He is an interesting guy with an interesting story.
We should heed Paul’s reminder to Timothy about how to deal with those who disagree with us theologically,
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26
4. Down deep inside, they do believe in God.
There are no people who genuinely rejects the existence of God. Sure, there are many who claim that God’s existence is lie but down deep inside, they really do believe there’s a God.
Why? Because Scripture makes it clear in that there are no real atheists:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:18-22).
They may try to suppress their belief in God but, sooner or later in the discussion, atheists say something like, “Well if God is so good then why does he allow….” This is the point in the conversation where they have “forgotten” their atheism and revealed some of their challenges with, not the reality of God, but the nature of God.
When you assume that an atheist does really believe in the existence of God it gives you the freedom not to have to prove God’s existence but to share God’s story. You can be sure that, down deep inside, the gospel is churning in the soul of the atheist.
5. Frame the gospel as a love story (that just happens to be true.)
When I shared the gospel with James I wasn’t trying to prove God’s existence, I was simply sharing the story of God’s love. I said something like, “James, at the core of Christianity is a love story. Jesus put it this way, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but has everlasting life.’”
I could tell that James was intrigued by this view. He listened respectfully and asked thoughtful questions.
Yes, I dipped into some apologetics at this point (C.S. Lewis’ Lord, lunatic or liar argument, Teleological argument, etc) but only after I had framed the gospel as a love story. In the words of my friend Bill Jack, too many times too many Christians use apologetics as a sledge hammer instead of a crowbar to pry open closed minds. As a result the conversation turns argumentative instead of respectful.
James and I had a respectful conversation where I heard him and he heard the good news of Jesus. My job is not to lead him to Jesus but to “set forth the truth plainly” and let the Spirit of God continue on him even through me.
James didn’t say the sinner’s prayer when the plane pulled up to the gate after landing. But I believe that somewhere between Denver and St. Louis the Spirit of God nudged him closer to Jesus. It is my prayer that, in God’s perfect time, he will cross the line of faith and receive Jesus as his Savior.
Let’s love the atheists we encounter as we humbly and gently introduce them to the God who loves them even more.

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How to Share the Gospel With Atheists

Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher and he confessed he was an atheist. What unfolded on the rest of the flight was a deep, thought-provocative, laughter-laced gospel conversation.
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of engaging many atheists like James in various settings. I’ve discovered five helpful tips when sharing the gospel with someone who claims to not believe in God.
1. Don’t be shocked and do ask tons of questions.
Some atheists like to shock Christians with the fact that they don’t believe in God. This brand of atheist pulls the pin on the “there is no God”grenade and drops it in the middle of the conversation, expecting Christians to run for cover.
Don’t be phased. As a matter of fact start asking questions about their atheism. Find out what they mean by atheism (some are agnostics but call themselves atheists.) Ask questions about their background. Were they raised in church? Do they have any Christian friends? Where were they educated about atheism?
And remember that, as you ask questions, your goal is not to trap them but to understand them. Find out areas where you agree. Just like Paul found common ground with the athenians when he discovered an altar “To the Unknown God” we can find common ground in a mutual rejection of legalistic religion, a passion for science and reason and, usually, an overall positive view of the historic Jesus.
Although James spoke somewhat negatively of religion he spoke well of Jesus. While he didn’t view Jesus as the Son of God he did perceive him as an enlightened soul. At the minimum that was something I could build on in making my own case for Christ.
2. Listen deeply for the real “why.”
Often atheists have a reason (other than “reason“) for becoming atheists. Listen for it. Sometimes it’s anger over losing a loved one. Other times it’s that they were hurt by the church in some way. But often there’s a “why” behind the lie they are embracing.
In John 4 Jesus masterfully attacked the why behind the lie that the woman at the well was embracing. She was not an atheist but a hedonist who thought that satisfaction could be found if she finally found the right guy. But Jesus offers her living water to satisfy her deepest needs and, finally, her thirst was fully quenched.
James shared with me about his upbringing in England and his regular attendance at The Church of England. He told me about how his wife had left him and how he could only see his kids every other weekend. James shared how he reads at least a book a week and how he loses himself in novels.
As he shared I couldn’t quite nail why he was an atheist but I could sense that he was a lonely man. My heart went out to him and I think he could sense my sympathy.
3. Connect relationally.
Atheists are real people with real feelings. They laugh, cry, talk and connect like anyone else. I think that too many times Christians treat atheists as objects and not people.
James and I joked together as we sparred each other. I listened to him and he listened to me. Bottom line is that I like James. He is an interesting guy with an interesting story.
We should heed Paul’s reminder to Timothy about how to deal with those who disagree with us theologically,
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26
4. Down deep inside, they do believe in God.
There are no people who genuinely rejects the existence of God. Sure, there are many who claim that God’s existence is lie but down deep inside, they really do believe there’s a God.
Why? Because Scripture makes it clear in that there are no real atheists:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:18-22).
They may try to suppress their belief in God but, sooner or later in the discussion, atheists say something like, “Well if God is so good then why does he allow….” This is the point in the conversation where they have “forgotten” their atheism and revealed some of their challenges with, not the reality of God, but the nature of God.
When you assume that an atheist does really believe in the existence of God it gives you the freedom not to have to prove God’s existence but to share God’s story. You can be sure that, down deep inside, the gospel is churning in the soul of the atheist.
5. Frame the gospel as a love story (that just happens to be true.)
When I shared the gospel with James I wasn’t trying to prove God’s existence, I was simply sharing the story of God’s love. I said something like, “James, at the core of Christianity is a love story. Jesus put it this way, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but has everlasting life.’”
I could tell that James was intrigued by this view. He listened respectfully and asked thoughtful questions.
Yes, I dipped into some apologetics at this point (C.S. Lewis’ Lord, lunatic or liar argument, Teleological argument, etc) but only after I had framed the gospel as a love story. In the words of my friend Bill Jack, too many times too many Christians use apologetics as a sledge hammer instead of a crowbar to pry open closed minds. As a result the conversation turns argumentative instead of respectful.
James and I had a respectful conversation where I heard him and he heard the good news of Jesus. My job is not to lead him to Jesus but to “set forth the truth plainly” and let the Spirit of God continue on him even through me.
James didn’t say the sinner’s prayer when the plane pulled up to the gate after landing. But I believe that somewhere between Denver and St. Louis the Spirit of God nudged him closer to Jesus. It is my prayer that, in God’s perfect time, he will cross the line of faith and receive Jesus as his Savior.
Let’s love the atheists we encounter as we humbly and gently introduce them to the God who loves them even more.
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How to Share the Gospel With Atheists

Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher and he confessed he was an atheist. What unfolded on the rest of the flight was a deep, thought-provocative, laughter-laced gospel conversation.
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of engaging many atheists like James in various settings. I’ve discovered five helpful tips when sharing the gospel with someone who claims to not believe in God.
1. Don’t be shocked and do ask tons of questions.
Some atheists like to shock Christians with the fact that they don’t believe in God. This brand of atheist pulls the pin on the “there is no God”grenade and drops it in the middle of the conversation, expecting Christians to run for cover.
Don’t be phased. As a matter of fact start asking questions about their atheism. Find out what they mean by atheism (some are agnostics but call themselves atheists.) Ask questions about their background. Were they raised in church? Do they have any Christian friends? Where were they educated about atheism?
And remember that, as you ask questions, your goal is not to trap them but to understand them. Find out areas where you agree. Just like Paul found common ground with the athenians when he discovered an altar “To the Unknown God” we can find common ground in a mutual rejection of legalistic religion, a passion for science and reason and, usually, an overall positive view of the historic Jesus.
Although James spoke somewhat negatively of religion he spoke well of Jesus. While he didn’t view Jesus as the Son of God he did perceive him as an enlightened soul. At the minimum that was something I could build on in making my own case for Christ.
2. Listen deeply for the real “why.”
Often atheists have a reason (other than “reason“) for becoming atheists. Listen for it. Sometimes it’s anger over losing a loved one. Other times it’s that they were hurt by the church in some way. But often there’s a “why” behind the lie they are embracing.
In John 4 Jesus masterfully attacked the why behind the lie that the woman at the well was embracing. She was not an atheist but a hedonist who thought that satisfaction could be found if she finally found the right guy. But Jesus offers her living water to satisfy her deepest needs and, finally, her thirst was fully quenched.
James shared with me about his upbringing in England and his regular attendance at The Church of England. He told me about how his wife had left him and how he could only see his kids every other weekend. James shared how he reads at least a book a week and how he loses himself in novels.
As he shared I couldn’t quite nail why he was an atheist but I could sense that he was a lonely man. My heart went out to him and I think he could sense my sympathy.
3. Connect relationally.
Atheists are real people with real feelings. They laugh, cry, talk and connect like anyone else. I think that too many times Christians treat atheists as objects and not people.
James and I joked together as we sparred each other. I listened to him and he listened to me. Bottom line is that I like James. He is an interesting guy with an interesting story.
We should heed Paul’s reminder to Timothy about how to deal with those who disagree with us theologically,
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26
4. Down deep inside, they do believe in God.
There are no people who genuinely rejects the existence of God. Sure, there are many who claim that God’s existence is lie but down deep inside, they really do believe there’s a God.
Why? Because Scripture makes it clear in that there are no real atheists:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:18-22).
They may try to suppress their belief in God but, sooner or later in the discussion, atheists say something like, “Well if God is so good then why does he allow….” This is the point in the conversation where they have “forgotten” their atheism and revealed some of their challenges with, not the reality of God, but the nature of God.
When you assume that an atheist does really believe in the existence of God it gives you the freedom not to have to prove God’s existence but to share God’s story. You can be sure that, down deep inside, the gospel is churning in the soul of the atheist.
5. Frame the gospel as a love story (that just happens to be true.)
When I shared the gospel with James I wasn’t trying to prove God’s existence, I was simply sharing the story of God’s love. I said something like, “James, at the core of Christianity is a love story. Jesus put it this way, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but has everlasting life.’”
I could tell that James was intrigued by this view. He listened respectfully and asked thoughtful questions.
Yes, I dipped into some apologetics at this point (C.S. Lewis’ Lord, lunatic or liar argument, Teleological argument, etc) but only after I had framed the gospel as a love story. In the words of my friend Bill Jack, too many times too many Christians use apologetics as a sledge hammer instead of a crowbar to pry open closed minds. As a result the conversation turns argumentative instead of respectful.
James and I had a respectful conversation where I heard him and he heard the good news of Jesus. My job is not to lead him to Jesus but to “set forth the truth plainly” and let the Spirit of God continue on him even through me.
James didn’t say the sinner’s prayer when the plane pulled up to the gate after landing. But I believe that somewhere between Denver and St. Louis the Spirit of God nudged him closer to Jesus. It is my prayer that, in God’s perfect time, he will cross the line of faith and receive Jesus as his Savior.
Let’s love the atheists we encounter as we humbly and gently introduce them to the God who loves them even more.
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10 Reasons to Read The Bible

1. It Makes You Much Wiser:
It's a book full of all kinds of advice. From relationships to money to how to get along with your parents, it's all in there. When we become wiser, we make better decisions, and with better decisions come better things.

2. It Helps Us Overcome Sin and therefore Temptations:
We all face temptations to sin in every moment. It's our nature. When we read our Bible, we get advice on how to approach situations and overcome the temptations we face. We understand what we're supposed to do rather than just guessing and hoping we get it right.

3. Reading Your Bible Gives You Peace:
We all lives somehow a busy life. Sometimes it feels chaotic. Reading the Bible can help us sort through all the craziness to see the more important things. It can bring about peace in our lives rather than allowing us to wallow in our confusion.

4. The Bible Gives You Direction:
Sometimes our lives can feel a little like we're just wandering uselessly. Even teens can sometimes feel that they lack direction. When we read our Bible's we can clearly see that God has a purpose for us at every state of our lives. His words can give us direction.

5. It Builds Your Relationship with God:
There are the more important things in our lives, and our relationship with God is one of them. Reading our Bibles gives us insight into God. We can pray on scripture verses. We can talk to God about things we're reading. We grow in an understanding of God as we read and grasp more of His Word.

6. Read a Bestseller:
If you're an avid reader, this is one bestseller you shouldn't miss. The Bible is an epic story of love, life, death, war, family, and more. It has it's ups and downs, and it's pretty riveting. If you're not a reader, this may be the one book worth saying you read. If you're going to read anything, you can say you read the biggest bestseller of all time.

7. Learn a Little Bit of History:
There is plenty of archaeological proof of biblical stories. The Bible is full of real history, and it can give you insight into other areas of history. When we read about our forefathers leaving England for freedom of religion, we understand them better. So the Bible helps us understand human history and how often we repeat the same mistakes.

8. It Can Change Your Life:
The Bible is a life-changing book. Many people go to the self-help section of the bookstore to look for a magic solution to their problems. However, most of those answers sit in the chapters of the Bible. It can give us insight, help us grow, explain our depression, explain our behaviors etc. The Bible can make a huge difference in our lives.

9. The Bible get us closer to faith rather than the legalistic-religious tradition:
The term "religion" over time has taken a negative connotation also indicating the legalistic person.

When we read the Bible we can better grasp the true will of God rather than the legalistic traditions to which many of us are indoctrinated.

10. Reading the Bible Brings a New Perspective:
When things just don't seem right or things are getting a bit stale, the Bible can bring a new perspective into the mix. Sometimes we think things should be one way or another, but the Bible may remind us that there are other ways to think on the happenings in our lives. It provides us, at times, new perspective.

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10 Reasons to Read The Bible

1. It Makes You Much Wiser:
It's a book full of all kinds of advice. From relationships to money to how to get along with your parents, it's all in there. When we become wiser, we make better decisions, and with better decisions come better things.

2. It Helps Us Overcome Sin and therefore Temptations:
We all face temptations to sin in every moment. It's our nature. When we read our Bible, we get advice on how to approach situations and overcome the temptations we face. We understand what we're supposed to do rather than just guessing and hoping we get it right.

3. Reading Your Bible Gives You Peace:
We all lives somehow a busy life. Sometimes it feels chaotic. Reading the Bible can help us sort through all the craziness to see the more important things. It can bring about peace in our lives rather than allowing us to wallow in our confusion.

4. The Bible Gives You Direction:
Sometimes our lives can feel a little like we're just wandering uselessly. Even teens can sometimes feel that they lack direction. When we read our Bible's we can clearly see that God has a purpose for us at every state of our lives. His words can give us direction.

5. It Builds Your Relationship with God:
There are the more important things in our lives, and our relationship with God is one of them. Reading our Bibles gives us insight into God. We can pray on scripture verses. We can talk to God about things we're reading. We grow in an understanding of God as we read and grasp more of His Word.

6. Read a Bestseller:
If you're an avid reader, this is one bestseller you shouldn't miss. The Bible is an epic story of love, life, death, war, family, and more. It has it's ups and downs, and it's pretty riveting. If you're not a reader, this may be the one book worth saying you read. If you're going to read anything, you can say you read the biggest bestseller of all time.

7. Learn a Little Bit of History:
There is plenty of archaeological proof of biblical stories. The Bible is full of real history, and it can give you insight into other areas of history. When we read about our forefathers leaving England for freedom of religion, we understand them better. So the Bible helps us understand human history and how often we repeat the same mistakes.

8. It Can Change Your Life:
The Bible is a life-changing book. Many people go to the self-help section of the bookstore to look for a magic solution to their problems. However, most of those answers sit in the chapters of the Bible. It can give us insight, help us grow, explain our depression, explain our behaviors etc. The Bible can make a huge difference in our lives.

9. The Bible get us closer to faith rather than the legalistic-religious tradition:
The term "religion" over time has taken a negative connotation also indicating the legalistic person.

When we read the Bible we can better grasp the true will of God rather than the legalistic traditions to which many of us are indoctrinated.

10. Reading the Bible Brings a New Perspective:
When things just don't seem right or things are getting a bit stale, the Bible can bring a new perspective into the mix. Sometimes we think things should be one way or another, but the Bible may remind us that there are other ways to think on the happenings in our lives. It provides us, at times, new perspective.
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10 Reasons to Read The Bible

1. It Makes You Much Wiser:
It's a book full of all kinds of advice. From relationships to money to how to get along with your parents, it's all in there. When we become wiser, we make better decisions, and with better decisions come better things.

2. It Helps Us Overcome Sin and therefore Temptations:
We all face temptations to sin in every moment. It's our nature. When we read our Bible, we get advice on how to approach situations and overcome the temptations we face. We understand what we're supposed to do rather than just guessing and hoping we get it right.

3. Reading Your Bible Gives You Peace:
We all lives somehow a busy life. Sometimes it feels chaotic. Reading the Bible can help us sort through all the craziness to see the more important things. It can bring about peace in our lives rather than allowing us to wallow in our confusion.

4. The Bible Gives You Direction:
Sometimes our lives can feel a little like we're just wandering uselessly. Even teens can sometimes feel that they lack direction. When we read our Bible's we can clearly see that God has a purpose for us at every state of our lives. His words can give us direction.

5. It Builds Your Relationship with God:
There are the more important things in our lives, and our relationship with God is one of them. Reading our Bibles gives us insight into God. We can pray on scripture verses. We can talk to God about things we're reading. We grow in an understanding of God as we read and grasp more of His Word.

6. Read a Bestseller:
If you're an avid reader, this is one bestseller you shouldn't miss. The Bible is an epic story of love, life, death, war, family, and more. It has it's ups and downs, and it's pretty riveting. If you're not a reader, this may be the one book worth saying you read. If you're going to read anything, you can say you read the biggest bestseller of all time.

7. Learn a Little Bit of History:
There is plenty of archaeological proof of biblical stories. The Bible is full of real history, and it can give you insight into other areas of history. When we read about our forefathers leaving England for freedom of religion, we understand them better. So the Bible helps us understand human history and how often we repeat the same mistakes.

8. It Can Change Your Life:
The Bible is a life-changing book. Many people go to the self-help section of the bookstore to look for a magic solution to their problems. However, most of those answers sit in the chapters of the Bible. It can give us insight, help us grow, explain our depression, explain our behaviors etc. The Bible can make a huge difference in our lives.

9. The Bible get us closer to faith rather than the legalistic-religious tradition:
The term "religion" over time has taken a negative connotation also indicating the legalistic person.

When we read the Bible we can better grasp the true will of God rather than the legalistic traditions to which many of us are indoctrinated.

10. Reading the Bible Brings a New Perspective:
When things just don't seem right or things are getting a bit stale, the Bible can bring a new perspective into the mix. Sometimes we think things should be one way or another, but the Bible may remind us that there are other ways to think on the happenings in our lives. It provides us, at times, new perspective.
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10 Reasons to Read The Bible

1. It Makes You Much Wiser:
It's a book full of all kinds of advice. From relationships to money to how to get along with your parents, it's all in there. When we become wiser, we make better decisions, and with better decisions come better things.

2. It Helps Us Overcome Sin and therefore Temptations:
We all face temptations to sin in every moment. It's our nature. When we read our Bible, we get advice on how to approach situations and overcome the temptations we face. We understand what we're supposed to do rather than just guessing and hoping we get it right.

3. Reading Your Bible Gives You Peace:
We all lives somehow a busy life. Sometimes it feels chaotic. Reading the Bible can help us sort through all the craziness to see the more important things. It can bring about peace in our lives rather than allowing us to wallow in our confusion.

4. The Bible Gives You Direction:
Sometimes our lives can feel a little like we're just wandering uselessly. Even teens can sometimes feel that they lack direction. When we read our Bible's we can clearly see that God has a purpose for us at every state of our lives. His words can give us direction.

5. It Builds Your Relationship with God:
There are the more important things in our lives, and our relationship with God is one of them. Reading our Bibles gives us insight into God. We can pray on scripture verses. We can talk to God about things we're reading. We grow in an understanding of God as we read and grasp more of His Word.

6. Read a Bestseller:
If you're an avid reader, this is one bestseller you shouldn't miss. The Bible is an epic story of love, life, death, war, family, and more. It has it's ups and downs, and it's pretty riveting. If you're not a reader, this may be the one book worth saying you read. If you're going to read anything, you can say you read the biggest bestseller of all time.

7. Learn a Little Bit of History:
There is plenty of archaeological proof of biblical stories. The Bible is full of real history, and it can give you insight into other areas of history. When we read about our forefathers leaving England for freedom of religion, we understand them better. So the Bible helps us understand human history and how often we repeat the same mistakes.

8. It Can Change Your Life:
The Bible is a life-changing book. Many people go to the self-help section of the bookstore to look for a magic solution to their problems. However, most of those answers sit in the chapters of the Bible. It can give us insight, help us grow, explain our depression, explain our behaviors etc. The Bible can make a huge difference in our lives.

9. The Bible get us closer to faith rather than the legalistic-religious tradition:
The term "religion" over time has taken a negative connotation also indicating the legalistic person.

When we read the Bible we can better grasp the true will of God rather than the legalistic traditions to which many of us are indoctrinated.

10. Reading the Bible Brings a New Perspective:
When things just don't seem right or things are getting a bit stale, the Bible can bring a new perspective into the mix. Sometimes we think things should be one way or another, but the Bible may remind us that there are other ways to think on the happenings in our lives. It provides us, at times, new perspective.
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