The Bible is God's Revelation to the human race. It has been translated into thousands of languages and is available throughout the world to almost any individual who is interested in finding God and His will.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalms 19)
Why do people hide from the truths and comfort of the Bible? Is it because they do not like its commandments? The ten commandments have been removed for many schools; those children are not permitted to read its statements, such as: "Thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt not bear false witness" (don't lie).
Many children are not aware of John 3:16 and other verses:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ... 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3)
At a funeral they may hear Psalm 23 read: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalms 23)
However, these words can be meaningless unless the person is aware that
Jesus: The Christ wants to be their Shepherd.
Many people are hurting and are unaware of the Bible's comfort, of if its invitations: "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (Isaiah 1)
Where does a church fit into the picture? God has ordained that believers assemble together for worship, for hearing the Word proclaimed and taught,
and for friendship with God's people. The believer is to hear God's Word taught accurately,
and to be supported by people who also want to hear the Word and keep it.
The church provides this fellowship with God's children; it is to teach the Word of God
for encouragement and for knowledge of God's will, from His Word.
When choosing a church, ask these questions: Is it made up of people who love God? Does it proclaim His Message that all have sinned and need a Savior?
Does it encourage the believers to follow God's will? Does it reach out to the needy? (Especially to those who need Jesus.)
The early apostles and believers assembled the first day of each week.
If you are asking or have asked God to forgive your sin because Jesus died for your sin, you need to find a church that clearly teaches God's Word.
The churches listed with FindChurch.net can help with a better understanding of what God has done for you and wants to do for you in the future. The Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together;" (11)