The Lost Importance Of Scriptures

The Lost Importance Of Scriptures

Have we become so modern that we have forgotten our origin?
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When a particular group of people or community worships one particular God or when a community followed the ways of one God, they created a religion for themselves. And slowly, many religions were formed by many groups of people who worshiped their Gods.

Every religion has its own sacred stories of their God’s creations, which are holy scriptures. For example, Hindus – Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana; Muslims – Quran; Christians – Bible; and so on. Scriptures are important because it defines the nature of a religion, and religions are important because it defines the background of its followers.

Having the knowledge of one’s religion’s scriptures is a magnificent way of knowing the words of God. Scripture is the method of God, through which God conveys the messages to its followers or worshipers. Scriptures have the knowledge of good and the evil.

Scriptures teaches the readers that one should obey God and follow His path. It makes man righteous, generous and shows the moral ways to find salvation. It sets the limitations on one’s deeds. Holy writings are also a good way for the future generations to know the history of their religion or their ancestors. For instance, one would want his/her children to have a right path in their lives, and religious books can set right methods for them.

One could also read scriptures as a simple book, just to gain knowledge or as a part of history and literature.

Scriptures are a way of bringing peace and calmness in one’s life. In the time of hardships, depression, loneliness or when a person feels lost, God has given all the answers to a man’s questions in the holy books or scriptures. Every person can relate to some or the other stories mentioned in the sacred books and find the solutions to his/her problems. For instance, in the Bible, Adam and Eve’s son Cain out of anger and jealously murders his own brother Abel (4:1-16), this shows the readers, that in this modern materialistic world man has become so mean that he is not scared to kill his own blood-ones. It teaches that one should be patient, be satisfied with his work, and instead of being jealous of someone else, one should work hard to achieve the desired award or success. And one who gets his hand dirty by doing the wrong deeds, God never forgives him and punishes him and his future generations to come.

Everyone should respect the scriptures or holiness of others’ religion. For, when you give respect, you earn respect.

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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