Long before I decided to start blogging about Bible Study Made Easy, one of my favorite web sites to visit and recommend to others was GotQuestions.org. This site, which claims to have answered an amazing number of questions, (282,662, at least as of today), provides an excellent service to believers and non-believers (seekers & skeptics) alike and does an outstanding job of fulfilling their simple mission statement, which reads, “Got Questions Ministries seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by providing biblical, applicable, and timely answers to spiritually-related questions through an internet presence.”
Now, as I revisit the site in the context of how it can improve a person’s time studying the Bible, I find the benefits of its content twofold:
THE BIBLE & BIBLE STUDY
GotQuestions.org does a nice job of sorting their questions and answers into general categories, such as God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the End Times and more. In their category on Questions about the Bible, many general questions about the book believer’s refer to as “God’s Word” are answered, such as:
- What is the Bible?
- Is the Bible truly God’s Word?
- Why should we read the Bible?
- Why are there so many Bible translations, and which is the best?
- Can / Should we interpret the Bible literally?
- What does it mean that the Bible is inspired?
- Does the Bible contain errors, contradictions, or discrepancies?
- Who were the authors of the books of the Bible?
- Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses?
- Where is a good place to start reading the Bible?
- Is the Bible relevant for today?
In addition, under this broad “Bible” category are answers to a number of questions directly related to the practice of Bible study. Here are a few examples:
- What is the proper way to study the Bible?
- What are some different methods of Bible study?
- Why should we read the Bible / study the Bible?
- What is inductive Bible study?
- Why is it important to study the Bible in context?
- Why is it important to study the various characters in the Bible?
- Why should we study the Old Testament?
- Why is it so hard to understand the Bible?
One of the things I like and respect most about the authors of the site is that, in trying to answer people’s questions, they pretty much stick to the “Biblical basics.” For example, in answer to the question, “what is the proper way to study the Bible,” they don’t discuss different methods or recommend specific study guides, but simply list out three core ingredients of effective personal Bible study, which they summarize at the end of their response quite nicely:
So, in summary, what is the proper way to study the Bible? First, through prayer and humility, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to give us understanding. Second, we should always study Scripture in its context, recognizing that the Bible explains itself. Third, we should respect the efforts of other Christians, past and present, who have also sought to properly study the Bible. Remember, God is the author of the Bible, and He wants us to understand it.
BIBLE PASSAGES & DIFFICULTIES
In addition to addressing general questions about different aspects of the Christian faith, the web site also attempts to tackle potential challenges to a person’s understanding of a specific Bible verse or passage. For example, here are some of the questions asked and answered related to just the first couple chapters of the book of Genesis:
- Why are there two different Creation accounts in Genesis chapters 1-2?
- How could there be light on the first day of Creation if the sun was not created until the fourth day?
- Why did God use Adam’s rib to create Eve?
- What is the meaning of the tree of life?
- Was Adam and Eve’s sin really about eating a piece of forbidden fruit?
- Why didn’t Adam and Eve find it strange that a serpent was talking to them?
- Who was Cain’s wife?
- Why did people in Genesis live such long lives?
Now, if you’ve been a believer for a while and/or have gone through a study of Genesis, you may already know the answers to each of these questions, but for those who haven’t, GotQuestions.org does a very good job of providing sound, Biblically-based insight, similar to what you’d find in a Bible handbook or Bible commentary. In each answer, they strive to direct people back to the Bible with their response, in part by using a feature called RefTagger where the text of each referenced Bible verse actually pops up on the web page.
GotQuestions.org link: www.gotquestions.org
VIDEO on How to Use the Site:
[Blog Author’s Note: If you have friends who are seekers of something more in life or maybe skeptics about your faith in God and trust in the Bible, by all means encourage (or challenge) them to visit GotQuestions.org. Maybe when they are done, the Holy Spirit will direct them to the “Got Eternal Life?” page and they will commit their life and their future to Jesus Christ.]