I worked as a personal trainer for over 20 years. The reason I went through the rigorous process to become certified is simple: I didn’t believe a gym rat.
A gym rat is someone who spends all their leisure time in the gym and may even be considered addicted to it.
This particular rat approached me one day while I was working my legs on a leg extension machine and told me that I should twist my foot a certain way. I tried it but it felt awkward and didn’t appear to work the specific muscle I was aiming for.
I had no grounds to challenge his advice so continued on with his method. For only a day.
I decided to research the claim and found out that what he suggested was bogus and really didn’t get the intended results. It was then that I decided to pursue certification as a weight trainer to learn as much as I could about working out my muscles in the correct way.
What does this have to do with why I believe it’s absolutely necessary for every Christian to study the Bible?
For the same reason. Any “church rat” can approach us and claim to know the right way to pray, to praise God, to pay tithes. They can claim to know about heaven and hell, God’s promises, and baptism.
But unless it’s based in the Bible, how do we know whether it is truth?
My eldest brother decided to attend Bible College after, as a teenager, he attended a Christian Retreat where the priest was unable to answer his very specific questions. He wanted to research and learn the truth for himself. This led to him becoming a Minister himself.
Although I know that no one knows when Jesus will return — not even Jesus, Himself (Matthew 24:35–37), I had mentioned that I felt that we were living in the end of times.
My companion disagreed with me and stated that God would not return with so many unsaved people still remaining. I challenged them to show me where in the Bible I could find that claim.
Then I shared these verses in Matthew 24:3–31 NKJV, to back up my assertion:
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Just because we want something to be one way does not make it the truth.
God’s truth is found in the Bible.
Anything else is just words and we really shouldn’t give a rat’s *** about them.