No need to feel guilty that you are more likely to look at your Bible app versus your physical Bible. God just wants you to be in it!
Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God IS living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…” It doesn’t matter if it’s the year 1900, 1950 or 2014; the Bible in every form is powerful enough to teach us the ways of our Lord’s heart and help us to live according to His will no matter how we are reading it.
I go to a church that encourages use of all methods of the Bible. Often, our pastor will instruct us to open up our YouVersion, our physical Bible, or just simply look at the screen where Scripture is displayed for all to see. However, there are some “purists” who refuse to read off their device’s screen and prefer the physical version of their Bible, free to turn to dog eared pages, highlighted verses and bookmarked stories whenever they please. Trust me, I get it. I’m a mixed user though. I’ll use my Galaxy to read my books for the Bible study groups that I’m in, but I’ll leave my physical Bible out to read the verses it refers me to. There’s just something annoying about switching back and forth between my Bible App and Kindle App when I’m trying to listen to the Holy Spirit. There are some more pros and cons between using the two methods.
Physical Bible vs. Bible App
- Physical Bible: Easy to highlight, study, bookmark, without crashing or technological problems. The Bible App, not so much.
- Physical Bible: Not as easy or portable to carry around everywhere; The Bible App is right in your pocket.
- Physical Bible: Shows its wear and tear very easily, good for those who are trying to make an impression, bad for those who are perfectionists.
- Bible App: Can change to a different translation with a click of a button. With the physical Bible this is not possible.
- Bible App: Many versions and translations available which are free to download; The cost of a physical Bible averages to be about $25.
- Bible App: No more navigating through thin pages, just type in the reference and there it is.
Whether you’re a purist or a Bible techie or a hybrid of the two, you don’t need to feel guilty for your choices. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4) The word is still coming from the mouth of God, whether you are reading it from a screen or a thin piece of paper and that is what’s really important. Who knows what we’ll be using in the year 2045, anyway?
Tell us, do you use a physical or electronic version of the Bible?
This post was written by Ginger Marks. Ginger is a Social Media Specialist with Media Connect Partners.