It’s sad that so many people know all about the Kardashians, TikTok, and other worldly influences while knowing little to nothing about the Word of God.
Even many who claim to know Jesus actually have a very distorted view of the Lord and His requirements for salvation. They may know what their parents said or what some preachers say, but they don’t know where things are in the Bible or what the Bible actually teaches about critical matters (Matt. 7:15-23; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Jn. 2:3-6; 4:1).
When someone who knows the Truth (Jn. 8:32) tries to help a self-professing “Bible believer” to have a better understanding about becoming saved and remaining faithful (Acts 18:26), the help should be appreciated (Psa. 141:5; Prov. 27:5, 6; Gal. 4:16). However, often the person who is lacking important knowledge will pull out a “defensive card,” such as: “I have been reading the Bible since before you were born,” or “I have read the Bible X number of times,” or “I have heard the Bible taught all my life.” If that is the case, then that person should know a whole lot about the Bible, right? However, in my experience, when many such people are asked simple and direct questions about what the Bible actually says, they immediately have a “deer in the headlights” look. The point of asking them such questions is not to humiliate them, but to help them realize that they need to be willing to grow in their knowledge and understanding of eternal things, as we all should (Hos. 4:6; Matt. 5:6; Heb. 5:12-14; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:15-18).
What about you? What if someone were to ask you some relatively simple questions about the Bible? For example, do you know the answers to the following questions off the top of your head without looking up the answers?
– Who were Nadab and Abihu, and what should we learn from their actions?
– Who was Uzzah, and what should we learn from his actions?
– Who were Hymenaeus and Philetus, and what should we learn from their actions?
– What was the main purpose of the Letter to the Galatians?
– What chapter of the Bible records the first people becoming saved under the New Covenant?
– What were those people told to do to become saved?
– Does the Bible say that a person’s name can be removed from the Book of Life if he becomes unfaithful?
Many more questions could be asked, but the point is that sometimes people must see the need to learn before they are willing to learn. That is surely one reason why Jesus sometimes responded to questions with questions of His own.
Friends, God said that all of His Words are profitable for us, not just a handful of verses (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Remember, we will all be judged by God‘s Word (Jn. 12:48), so shouldn’t we be very familiar with what God said? This article is not meant to discourage anyone or to boast about how much I know, but simply to stir your interest in the precious treasures found only in God’s Word! (Psa. 119:162).