Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The real reason for reading

John Piper gives a compelling reason for rigorous training of the mind. A quote:
The issue of earning a living is not nearly so important as whether the next generation has direct access to the meaning of the Word of God. We need an education that puts the highest premium under God on knowing the meaning of God’s Book, and growing in the abilities that will unlock its riches for a lifetime. It would be better to starve for lack of food than to fail to grasp the meaning of the book of Romans.
I think this is one of the reasons why he lists How to Read a Book as one of the books that has influenced him the most.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

One can only agree whole heartedly with your remarks. The question now is how do you bring the book to the masses?

10:58 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

Not only how do you bring the Book to the masses, but how do you teach the masses how to study the Book? It's really a two-part question.

In modernized countries, technology, for the most part, makes the Bible readily accessible, whether it be through print or electronically. But in our relativistic, post-modern society, the second question poses the greater challenge.

The skill of careful, rigorous reading, study, and understanding is being lost. Once truth becomes relative, the urgency for careful study is no longer there. How do we deal with this? Surely this is not a simple answer, but I have to think that this is part of the responsibility of teaching of the church. First the Bible must be shown to be the infallible, authoritative Word of God. If people are not convinced of this, then no rigourous study will be of any benefit to them. And second, Christians must be trained to properly handle the Word of God. Included in this must training Christians how to read and study the Bible. Churches cannot leave this to the secular schools, but must regularly train their people in this both directly, through Sunday school classes and seminars, and indirectly, in the careful and accurate preaching and teaching of the Word of God.

12:18 AM  

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