Why is it good to read the Bible?

Why is it good to read the Bible? We asked hundreds of people why they think reading the Bible is good. This is what they said:

Why people believe it’s good to read the Bible

  • It tells us what God is like
  • It develops an understanding of God’s relationship with us
  • It has transformed the world
  • It helps us understand God’s plans for us
  • It connects us to Jesus
  • It lets us know how we can be saved from sin
  • It focuses our faith
  • It is food for our daily growth
  • It constructively affects our behaviour
  • It provides a level of protection against temptation
  • It contributes to a more positive outlook
  • It provides guidance for life and living in this day and age
  • It gives us a sense of significance and purpose
  • It assists in our moral development
  • It is a safe place for reflection and resolution
  • It helps us understand our encounters with the seen and unseen world
  • It facilitates peace and well-being in our lives
  • It addresses the concerns of everyday life
  • It renews our minds and hearts
  • It is the meeting place of our stories with God’s Story
  • It makes us wiser and broadens our perspective
  • It keeps us from wasting our lives on what doesn’t matter
  • It prompts us to acts of kindness and mercy
  • It dramatically changes lives for the good
  • It fuels belief
  • It is a measuring stick to determine truth from error
  • It contains the life-changing message of freedom
  • It raises the dignity and rights of everyone
  • It equips us to serve God
  • It gives us comfort and hope
  • It tells us how to get to heaven
  • It helps us meet with God
  • It is “God-breathed”
  • It is the “bread of life” and the book of light
  • It is “living and active”
  • It is a source of “joy and my heart’s delight”
  • It is the Word of God

I read the Bible for all the above reasons. And I read it because to know God and be godly, I need to know God’s Word intimately.

Originally published here


© Scripture Union Canada, 2021

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