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How to read the Bible

There is one children's tale that tells about the Hippo who considered himself very beautiful. And then one day they gave him a mirror so that he looked at himself. When the Hippopotamus looked at what it really is, he cried out: This is not true, this mirror is lying! I'm not like that! And out of spite, he broke a mirror on the ground.

The Bible is also a kind of mirror. She speaks directly about who I am. She reveals all my flaws. And a person faces a choice: either listen to her, honestly face the truth, repent, ask God to help him change. Or simply slam the Bible and say: this Mirror is lying, there is nothing terrible here, almost everyone lives like that now. The Bible itself says the following about it:

The Word of God is alive and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword: it penetrates to the separation of soul and spirit, to the brain of bones, and judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is nothing hidden from Him, but everything is naked and open before His eyes: We will give an account to Him. (Heb. 4: 12-13)

Why was the Bible a forbidden book in Soviet times? Why, even in the Middle Ages, even church rulers, in fear of the death penalty, forbade ordinary people to read the Bible? Because the Bible reveals the truth. Am I ready to accept the truth? Or will it depend on whether I like it?