In our modern communities of theology, we are seeing an incredible increase of curious scholars who are seeking to learn Hebrew and Greek and decipher the scriptures without the pressure of their pastors and churches. Some call it a passing fad. I don’t think so. At least, I hope not. I would hope that more people will take the time to really study on their own, but more often than not they spend their free time being entertained and blindly believe what their pastors are telling them. The Bereans would be so disappointed.
Here’s what you can expect when you start to really study the bible on your own.
You’re going to have to admit to yourself that you have not done your due diligence in double checking what you have been handed through the traditions of your church. This is probably the largest hurdle you’ll have to get over, it’s called pride. It’s okay. We’ve all put our faith and trust in people and have been let down. We’ve all let ourselves down by letting other people do our homework for us. God’s grace is with you and now you walk forward in the adventure of true soul searching as you begin to study the scriptures on your own.
Studying on your own doesn’t mean you can’t swap notes and collaborate with people. You should be doing this. Just don’t expect that people will always agree with you. In fact, it’s good when some people disagree with you.
Your ‘Christian’ education might be in jeopardy. You’re likely to not receive a degree in the area of study you’re curious about, because most Christian colleges won’t allow you to complete the class with your personal research and essays, when your conclusions disagree with theirs.
Know that you’re not alone. Many Christians have reconsidered what they grew up believing.
Family relationships might suffer. Your family and friends might not be too pleased with you for having a different opinion about traditions or doctrines. This is a truly sad part of being a modern day Berean. Losing close relations with people you love is incredibly difficult. It’s a travesty when they allow their beliefs to divide them from their own loved ones.
Deep soul searching is on the horizon. Some of what you were mis-taught may have created some potholes in your heart that will need to be dealt with. Don’t let it discourage you, just take one pothole at a time.
People generally don’t like change and they don’t like admitting they haven’t studied on their own. They also don’t like admitting they were duped.
When we have put our trust in a spiritual leader, only to find out they mislead us, we go through various emotional, mental, and spiritual upheaval. Take your time in the healing process. Give yourself some grace and know that you have better days ahead.
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