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Is The Bible Needed

Can one learn about God from any book other than the Bible?

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Romans 1 says that God can be known about, up to a point at least, through nature.
---Jack on 2/21/08


Yes you can learn about god in places other than the bible. God is everywhere so you can learn about him anywhere. I would like to recommend another book called "A COURSE IN MIRACLES". It was designed by a one "Jesus Christ"(you've probably heard of him). It does not say his name as the author because he came only with the word of god. Another good book is the "The Disappearance Of The Universe". PEACE
---Peter8365 on 12/14/06


Part 1- God is all things; John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Anything you learn is about God. But until you are being led by the Holy Spirit you will not have the understanding, wisdom or knowledge of God.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/30/06


Part 2- Gen. 12:1; Abraham leaned of God form the stories of Adam to Noah to Babel, but did not get the understanding, wisdom or knowledge of God until God led him from his family and Abram followed Gods true word. Also, if you are reading the Bible and are not being led by the Holy Spirit you will not hear the true word of God.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/30/06


Part 2- Gen. 12:1; Abraham leaned of God form the stories of Adam to Noah to Babel, but did not get the understanding, wisdom or knowledge of God until God led him from his family and Abram followed Gods true word. Also, if you are reading the Bible and are not being led by the Holy Spirit you will not hear the true word of God. Just like Judas Iscariot was not led by the Spirit of God when learning from Jesus. Read John 6:44.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/30/06




Only so much, even C. Columbus had a map to the new world, though he thought it led to India. The book/directions must also be accurate, less one ship wrecks!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/28/06


the word of God is sharper than 2edged sword dividing even bone and marrow.where else will yoiu learn tetruth other than in His inspiered word?other christian books are helpful and bring blessing but we must read the Bible to know the truth and not be led astray by other books
---doree4573 on 11/19/06


I see God's Bible as the only recipe for success as a Christian. We can do research on the ingredients, on the utensils, or even the method it is served to us. These things help us understand that recipe better and make us better cooks. What we must never do is try to change the recipe. It is Holy. It is also the only meal we can eat that will make our Spirits strong enough for the journey through this life and into the next.
---mikefl on 11/18/06


There are many good books about God the Christian walk etc. Like Pilgrims Progress. So yes U can learn about God from other books. But the Bible is learning about God right from God since His Spirit wrote it cover to cover. I can learn about Shakespeare from other books but if I read his works I learn about him right from his pen, how he turned a phrase, his eyes etc.
---Jeanne on 11/18/06


Yes, you can read "any" book to learn about God, but if you want to know Him personally, you will only find the answers to that in the Holy Bible. Anybody can learn about God, only those God chooses to reveal Himself to get to have a personal relationship with Him.
---tommy3007 on 11/17/06




"Any" book is not the same as "His own" book, and there is a large difference between learning "about" God, and learning "from" God.
---Eloy on 11/17/06


1 Cor. 2:12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/16/06


ShawnM.T., you're right...except that it does matter what book is before you. Of course the Holy Spirit is available to help discern faulty doctrine from true one. God bless.
---Okebaram on 11/16/06


Its the guidance of the Holy Spirit that is essential in hearing the word of God. It does not matter what book is before you, if the Holy Spirit is not interpreting what youre reading then youre not hearing the word of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12
---ShawnM.T. on 11/16/06


If we didn't have the Bible we could not learn of the one true God. Maybe nature insires you to believe in a higher power but without knowledge of the true God you could attribute nature to any God. You may hear of God from men's writings but if you didn't have the Bible you would never have the whole word of God to give you the foundation you need to try the spirits and know if something is really from the only God. You must have the Bible to teach you all God wants you to know.
---Darlene_1 on 11/16/06


Jesus said, "My words, they are Spirit and they are Life." He didn't say, "and so are other people's words." OR "read this book about me."
Do you want to learn ABOUT God? or do you want to KNOW God? Two different issues here. To KNOW God is to love Him. To know about God is to have knowledge about him from a distance. Ask, and it SHALL be given to you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened.
---Donna9759 on 11/16/06


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No & Yes. No & Yes because if what a person reads isn't in-line with the Word then it isn't in-line with God.(John 1:1)
---Rickey on 11/16/06


Phil: Though I'd generally agree with your reply, it would not be Biblical to state one "can learn equally as much about the nature of God..." from other authors; UNLESS those authors are quoting everything the Bible has to say on a particular topic. Only Scripture is 'God-breathed' (inspired; theo-pneustos); not any other book. So to all I advise: make sure to check everything you're taught about God and salvation with Scripture!
---danie9374 on 11/16/06


Although it's possible for us to learn something from a non-biblical author in a way we might not from Scripture, I'd strongly recommend reading Scripture first! At the very least, you should be checking whatever someone says about God with the Bible, and 'dumping' whatever doesn't agree with Scripture. Perhaps what Laure really meant was: "Can someone become interested in knowing God; in becoming a Christian, from some other book?" YES! But salvation is found only in Christ (John 14:16).
---danie9374 on 11/16/06


... And the only reliable book for learning about that salvation in Christ is Scripture! It's somewhat similar to wanting to know some fact, let's say about a certain person: You search the Net, find MANY people's pages about them, but they contain differing sets of data! Finally, you find an autobiography by the person himself! Assuming God doesn't lie, wouldn't you rather read what He wrote about Himself, and how to know Him, first?
---danie9374 on 11/16/06


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One can only learn about God from His Word, the Bible.
---Helen_5378 on 11/16/06


Certainly one can, the understand of the nature of God has not stopped with authors during Biblical times. You can learn equally as much about the nature of God from may fine authors from 100 CE to modern times.
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/16/06


i think you can learn from a prophet and be guided by the holy Spirit. the Bible is an account of the prophets.
---tony on 11/16/06


Let me explain a bit better - Is the Bible the only book that can teach us about God, or is it possible to learn something about Him (as rooted in the Bible) from a different source. For example, the Chronicles of Narnia.
---laure5759 on 11/16/06


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NO..The Bible is the only Book to read to Learn about GOD. To see how he LOVES us UNCONDITIONALY. That he sent his only SON to die for us. JESUS is LORD!!
---JIM on 11/16/06


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