Before I start, let's get one thing clear: I am not telling you to never use your Bible app again. I think that a Bible app has its time and place, like when you are in a waiting room and want to read, or need encouragement while sitting in the passenger seat, or need a Bible when you least expected it, or forgot your paper one.
However, I highly discourage you from using it during your quiet time, in church, or at a bible study/group.
1. Too Many Distractions.
How many of you have been reading your Bible via an app and you keep getting notifications? A text, a facebook comment, a Snapchat, Instagram likes, the list goes on and on. How tempting it is to just tap on the notifications and "take a second" to catch up with your social world - and disconnect you from God. Also, if you are in a study group, it distracts you from the people around you as well. Be present.
2. It takes away the sanctity of it.
There is something special and powerful about having a quiet time and having a real Bible in front of you. In a day and age where everything is going electronic, it helps you to make your quiet time/bible study more special.
3. It is more peaceful.
I don't know about you all, but many times my connection to the world and the people in it is why I get stressed out and need God more in the first place. Put the phone/tablet and all of the problems that go with them down for a little bit and pick up a real Bible.
4. It is more reliable.
Think about it. How many times has your electronic device crashed and you lost your stuff? How many times has this happened to friends? There is nothing guaranteeing that all of the verses you highlight and all of the notes you make in your electronic Bible are going to be there forever. When you highlight and write in the margins of a hard copy it stays there until you either white it out or the book is destroyed.
5. It is just you and God.
On your Bible app they make it effortless to share verses and your inspirational thoughts. Not that sharing your insights with others is a bad thing - but how many times has your focus been on sharing instead of personally growing? Many times what God shows you is for you - not for someone else. Go into reading your paper Bible with the mindset of personal growth and knowing God on a deeper level, not to share things with your social media friends in order to look like a "good Christian,"
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