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why do so many people ask questions they could have answered if they would simply read their Bible?

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 ---gabriel on 5/2/05
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Sometimes I believe that in our personal growth in our Lord that it helps to get insight from say a more mature Saint of God. We grow by reading the word of God, but I believe that God speaks to us as well through others and through our circumstances.
---Cynthia on 8/23/07


It isn't necessarily a matter of laziness, but more likely of ignorance (and I do not mean that in a bad way). If you have not read the Bible through or are not really familiar with all of it, you may just have no clue WHERE to look. It's like trying to look up a word in the dictionary when you don't know how to spell it.
---Mark on 8/23/07

I think that people ask questions here when, quite often, they know the answer. They do so, I imagine, because they think the question and resulting answers will be helpful to others viewing the blogs. And I believe they are correct in thinking that and in asking.
---RitaH on 8/22/07

People are seekers by nature. There are times when I read God's answer to my question in the Bible,but I seek someone to break it down to me in language I can understand. You can get an answer from the Book, but it takes wisdom to conceptualize that answer.
---Chante on 8/22/07

We don't understand the bible the same way.Read Acts 8:28-30.Many of us would benefit from other christians" explanations.
---david on 3/24/07

Gabriel on 5/10/05-Thank you for your very gracious reply.God bless you!

I admit I think I understand what I think are your feelings of frustration(that's the way I feel at times anyway)over feelings that people would do well for themselves and others to read their Bible more.Yet others put forth much effort and seek help in their search for answers.I especially appreciate those I recognize have tried finding answers in scripture.
---Sheila on 5/12/05

i see your point, and i agree that it can take a long time to find the verse you're looking for, even with study helps. and my apologies to anyone who might have been offended by my question.
---gabriel on 5/10/05

Gabriel-It can take a long time to find a particular answer in the Bible."if they would simply read their Bible" is quite an understatement considering how long it is.It has taken me 2 years everytime I've read it cover to cover.2years is long time to find an answer when someone else may have known the answer based on what they know of scripture.A humorous analogy is one from Simpsons where Rev.Lovejoy advises Ned to read his Bible.Ned asks for helpful scripture&Rev.responds "It's all good" &hangs up.We should guide each other.
---Sheila on 5/8/05

i am by no means saying that asking questions is wrong. the Bible says "in the multitude of counselors comes forth wisdom." my point is that we should go to God's word first, then ask if we don't understand what it says. i'm not discouraging asking questions, rather i'm encouraging educated questions.
---gabriel on 5/7/05

Actually, asking the questions here is a marvellous way of sharing with others, and of getting others to think about issues which maybe they have not considered before.

We are all different, all at differnt places in our life, maybe further than others in some aspects and behind them in some.

So go on bringing up all sorts of topics, biblical & otherwise, and keep the rest of us thinking & learning
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/5/05

I don't get it. What is wrong with asking what is written in the Bible about a subject. Are you saying you know all the answers to life because you have looked them up. Or are you saying we should not share Bible verses on this site, we can only find the answers by looking it up ourselves.
---Ulrika on 5/4/05

Unfortunately, some folks don't take the time to spend with God in Bible reading, prayer, or being with other Christians. These are absolute necessities for growing in the Spirit. The Bible is not just another book; it is the living Word of God. Even to this day after years of being saved, I have spiritual mentors who are more mature in the faith to help me during the rough times. Also I belong to a small group of wonderful believers. We study the Bible and pray together every week. This way, I don't operate in my opinions but get correction from spiritual buddies.
---Elsie on 5/4/05

Though it is important to read God's word, it is also important to share it with others. Maybe they have not been christians long and don't know where to look in the Bible for the answers.
---Ulrika on 5/3/05

Some are lazy and want someone else to look it up for them. Some just don't understand what they read, and need some help. I too need help on things, and to some it is simple, but to me sometimes it goes right over my head. If I am not sure on what the bible says, I ask to be sure, so I can grow in the Lord.
---Rebecca_D on 5/2/05

I enjoy looking up verses that apply to questions that people have. It helps me to learn too.
---Ulrika on 5/2/05

'But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' (Matt.18:16) 'One man shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.' (Deut.19:15)
---gregg4933 on 5/2/05

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