Becoming closer to God requires reading and studying the Bible, the Word of God.  I know this is why we are here, but we don’t want to miss just how important this is.

Lets go back to our friend Alex who we would like to get to know better.  If Alex wrote a book or an article, wouldn’t you read it?  As a matter of fact, if you spent a lot of time and effort writing a book about yourself and your life, and you had a friend who didn’t read that book, wouldn’t you question whether that person was truly a friend or not?  Why do we treat God so different than we would treat any of our other close friends? 

If Alex had 5 really good friends who decided to write a book about Alex, and you wanted to become a good friend of Alex’s, wouldn’t you read the book Alex’s friends wrote?  The Bible is full of stories about the lives of people and how their lives were inter-twined with God.  It was actually penned by about 40 people who spent their lives dedicated to serving and knowing God.  Why would we not try to learn from them instead of re-inventing the wheel?

Lastly, If you were an athlete in a game that would end in your life or death, wouldn’t you read the rule book?

I don’t think I’m overstating the situation here.  You are in a battle that will determine your eternal life and death.  Your only chance at eternal life is intimately knowing God.  God wrote a book to help you know Him, and know how to live for Him.  The book gives endless examples of living in faith, and living without faith – living with God, and living without God.  God literally killed his own son to make this book and the life that is within it possible.  If you killed your own child for someone, and wrote a book about that experience, wouldn’t you expect those who love you and love your son to read it?  Wouldn’t it break your heart if they didn’t?  Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*