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Bible study

Most denominations call it devotion, but in Christianity, it is commonly known as Bible study, where ordinary people read and study the Holy book either for spiritual or personal practice.
It also refers to a special time set aside for the sole purpose of building a much stronger spiritual relationship with our Almighty Father. It is either spent alone or done together with a small group of people sharing the same views towards Him.

In some Protestant sects, ministers and pastors narrate stories stated in the Bible rather than their usual “sermons” so as to get the people’s attention, and is often called “devotionals”. These “devotionals” are available in retail and bookstores nowadays. These books contain Bible studies which often incorporate anecdotes and stories that convey religious and biblical principles which are very much alike to the parables as told by Jesus Christ to His disciples and entire ministry. These books are often found in the “inspirational” section.

A number of Christian communities also have schedules for Bible reading, for it is believed to be a tool that will not just make learning and comprehending the Bible more interesting, but will also help them appreciate the teachings in the Book. There are some who take systematical Bible readings, which cover all the books in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and read approximately four chapters per day, to keep them in context with their studies and to ensure that different areas are tackled.

There are also a few who concentrate on certain, and often major, aspects from the book only. These are done either to commemorate an upcoming occasion, like Christmas and the likes, or to give emphasis on the Church or denominations where the group is a part of, e.g. The Sacred Heart of Jesus or The Immaculate Conception.

Although Bible study has been greatly encouraged by different religions and denominations, there are some who have criticized this approach to spirituality for a variety of reasons. Some Christians, both the conservative and the liberal alike, claim that the person only receives little help with regards to better understanding the Holy book, and is often misguided by the mere opinions of their guide, which might be contradicting or not similar to the historical doctrines in which Bible study should be based. Another similar idea connotes that studying the book per se is often confused with “wisdom study” which merely relates to studying wisdom purely for personal development and character enrichment, using the Bible as a mere instrument rather than allowing it to help us lead a life that is acceptable to Him.

Regardless on how you view such practice, one cannot deny the fact that it has played a very important role in giving us a clearer perspective on how the Almighty Father want us to lead our lives according to His will. In the present world where there is a great decline in morality, studying and contemplating the words of the Lord allows more room for spiritual growth and love for the Creator who only want what is best for His people.

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