If you are a literate adult believer in Christ, yet you have not read Scripture from cover to cover, you are only interested in God. You are not committed to Him. It is very rare to find an adult Muslim who has not read the Quran cover to cover in its original language of Arabic. That is commitment! And I am not talking about Muslims in Asian and African nations. I am talking about Harvard, Oxford, Yale and Cambridge educated Muslims, with very polished accents, and six figure salaries or successful businesses.
Not only have these classes and other classes of Muslims read the Quran, many of them have memorized it. Hebrews 11:6 says “God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God is not looking for those who casually seek Him. Many so called Christians are literally illiterate on Scripture and argue based on their denominational beliefs, or their emotions, or from what they saw in a Hollywood movie about Christ written and acted by men who do not even believe there was a real historical Messiah. Let me let you in on a secret, committed believers who have read Scripture from cover to cover never argue from their opinions. They never connect the dots in Scripture.
They never add to or subtract from Scripture. They start from where Scripture starts and stops where it ends. If they say something, it must be based on what Scripture says. They are willing to be unpopular and insulted for adjusting their beliefs to suit Scripture, rather than adjusting Scripture to suit their beliefs. Lazy believers are quick to say “The letter killeth” (2 Corinthians 3:6). And there again, their Scriptural illiteracy is affecting them. The “letter” Paul is referring to there is not Scripture. He is referring to the Law of Moses.
That much is clear when you read verse 4 of that Chapter, which says “not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” The Tablet of Stones being referred to there are the Mosaic Laws. And because many opportunists are aware of this tendency of Christians, so many people have crept into Christendom, using mind control strategies, and pop psychology, to control huge congregations. You cannot be a medical doctor without going through strict training, examination and regulation. But you can be a pastor tomorrow by claiming you have been called and the Spirit led you. Many so called Christ followers have read the complete works of Shakespeare, the Harry Potter novels, and other bestselling books from cover to cover. But they have not read Scripture.
Yet, those works are actually more voluminous than Scripture. Let me leave my readers with this verse of Scripture: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”– Joshua 1:8. Because of the extremely materialistic nature of today’s Christians, they read these words and what stands out for them is the word “prosperous”. However, when Scripture refers to prosperity, financial prosperity is the least of what it refers to. Not all wealth is financial.
Money by itself is not even wealth. It is only a tiny aspect of financial wealth. Spiritual wealth is peace of mind Physical wealth is good health Professional wealth is job or business fulfilment Financial wealth is asset based You can get one or two of these wealth from reading bits and pieces of Scripture. However, to manifest all of these types of prosperities, it is necessary to read all Scripture. That is why 2 Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Gospeller. Deep Thinker. #1 Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years. Avid traveller. Hollywood Magazine Film Festival Humanitarian of the Year, 2019.