Reading the Bible

“Reading the holy Scriptures confers two benefits. It trains the mind to understand them; it turns man’s attention from the follies of the world and leads him to the love of God. Two kinds of study are called for here. We must first learn how the Scriptures are to be understood, and then see how to expound them with profit and in a manner worthy of them . . . No one can understand holy Scripture without constant reading . . . The more you devote yourself to the study of the sacred utterances, the richer will be your understanding of them, just as the more the soil is tilled, the richer the harvest.”

— St. Isidore of Seville

To be a disciple of the Lord, one must know who He is, how He relates to the world, what He teaches, and what He expects from His followers.

In order to learn how to follow Jesus, we must read and understand Scripture.

Reading the Bible can be daunting especially if you attempt to discern its meaning on your own.  Constant reading, as St. Isidore of Seville says, will reap many benefits to your spiritual life, including understanding.  We also have the Church who helps us to better appreciate the meaning of the Word of God; this proper interpretation of the Bible is called “Biblical hermeneutics.”     The Church was given to us in part to help us understand God’s revelation.  Anyone who has ever read the Book of Revelation can attest to the difficulty in comprehending the message therein.

This is why it is important to not only read the Bible for reading’s sake but to also look to the Church (at Mass through the priest’s homily, Bible studies, writings of the Church fathers, papal instruction, etc.) for assistance in fully grasping God’s Word.

There are many resources available to help you study the Bible.  Here are just a few, in no particular order:

Grow in your love of God.  Study His Word.  It is never too late to begin to follow Him more closely!

Author: Christ the King Adult Religious Education

Christ the King Parish of Richland, WA has a vast array of opportunities for continued adult faith development and spiritual growth in Christian discipleship. No matter where people are in their journey towards the Lord, there is something for everyone at Christ the King Parish, including: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Adult Bible Studies, classes on the Catholic Faith, programs for returning Catholics, Young Adult Ministry, the Surviving Divorce program, Coming Home for returning Catholics, parish missions and retreats, parenting resources, information on Christian apologetics, etc. Bible studies, which are generally published by Little Rock, Ascension Press, or Word on Fire, average from 8-10 weeks long and are offered both in the mornings and evenings for your convenience. For more information regarding ongoing formation opportunities for adults, or to give us feedback on what you'd like to see offered at the parish to help you on your faith journey, please send us a message through our "Contact" link or send an email to

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