Friday, May 27, 2011
A Few Notes on Reading
I love to read and I plan to review books as I read them as well as mention gems I have already in my library. When I'm reading, there are some things I try to keep in mind.
1. First of all, whenever we read, I think we need to check what we're reading against Scripture. Authors are human and we already know that humans have not attained perfection, but that we are fallible, sinful people. References to the Bible may contain errors or there may be problems with an interpretation in a particular work we're reading.
2. On the advice of a very wise pastor I had growing up, I try to make an effort to read things I disagree with on occasion. By this, I don't mean that readers should go seeking out books that they know will tempt them into sin. I simply mean that reading about ideas we disagree with can be helpful. It helps to know something about the ideas we confront in the world. In addition, having our own beliefs challenged by being exposed to other viewpoints leads us to strengthen our own arguments and convictions, and helps us to be better witnesses.
And most importantly,
3. No matter how many wonderful things we read, nothing we study can serve as a substitute for reading the Bible regularly. A strong grounding in the Word is necessary and it should not ever be neglected.