How important is it to read the Bible regularly?
Reader’s Note: The theme for September is Faith and Maturity.
Length: 500 words
Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Center for Bible Engagement conducted an extensive study among churches, schools, and the general population.
- 40,000 people in the United States
- 400,000 people worldwide
- Ages 8 to 80
- 24 Countries
- 75+ denominations
- Several major religions
The purpose of the study was to determine the habits and influence of Bible reading.
- How are people engaging the Scriptures?
- What effect does it have on their lives?
They found that reading the Bible less than three times a week had a negligible impact. But those who read their Bible more than four times a week, there was a significant difference. Compared to those who read their Bible less, those reading the Bible more than four times a week were…
- 30% less likely to feel lonely.
- 32% less likely to have anger issues.
- 40% less likely to experience bitterness in their relationships (marriage and children).
- 57% less likely to struggle with alcoholism.
- 60% less likely to feel spiritually stagnant.
- 61% less likely to view pornography.
- 228% more likely to share their faith testimony with others.
- 230% more likely to disciple others.
- 407% more likely to memorize scripture.
Those are some pretty impressive numbers.
Case Study — Jack’s Experience
Personally, I do not read the Bible and pray every day, but rather, once every two or three days. This is about 3-4 times a week, on average. Whenever I read the Bible, I’ll read several chapters at once, and I do a lot of contemplation and soul searching. I am content with this habit, because God speaks to me, and I am always spiritually fed.
Interestingly, I’ve found that if I push myself to read the Bible every day, it seems to have a detrimental effect to my spiritual life. After a couple weeks of this, God stops talking to me through my devotions, and the fresh newness that accompanies the experience dies away. It can be extremely difficult to recover from this as well. I’ve always been confused about why this is. (My account of this experience is described in the three posts from 2009 under Related.)
Can anyone relate to this?
Impressions or Obsessions?
Our current impression of godliness has a strong emphasis on being involved in church and bible studies, carrying a bible, sitting in Bible studies, conversing about Bible verses, studying theology, and being a Bible book worm.
But we also have the connotation that a man who maintains such habits is socially ignorant, and generally unattractive, even to the extent of being a wimpy academic nerd. Of course, the Blue Pilled femcentric convergence of progressive churchianity, and the general collection of traits that it imposes on men, may be partly to blame for this impression.
But how much Bible reading is required for one to be truly godly? According to this study, about four times a week. Other than that, receiving the benefits of reading the Bible doesn’t necessarily require all of the above.
- Cause and Effect: Does reading the Bible induce spiritual regeneration, or does regeneration draw one to read the Bible more frequently?
- History: How have your Bible reading habits changed over the years, and how has this impacted you during different periods of your life?
- Personal Application: What are your habits in reading the Bible?
- Personal Experience: What effect does reading the Bible have on your life?
- Vetting: Could a woman’s habits in reading the Bible be used as a vetting qualification?
Please go to The Center for Bible Engagement to read many more findings of the study. There is a pull-down menu at the bottom of the page.
- Σ Frame: A Spiritual Death (2009 December 8)
- Σ Frame: Growing “Roots” in Faith (2009 December 12)
- Σ Frame: God’s Silence During Suffering (2009 December 14)
- Wintery Knight: How I retained my Christian faith, sobriety and chastity on a university campus (2019 August 25)
- Wintery Knight: To be a Bible-believing Christian, you have to be comfortable working alone (2020 August 30)
- Wintery Knight: Have You Ever Read the Bible in Order to Find Out What God Thinks? (2021 April 9)
- Radix Fidem: From a Different World (2021-09-04)
- Radix Fidem: Counsel of the Holy (2021-09-05)