The Bible is the top-selling book ever sold and distributed, for over the last fifty years. We have them in our homes, cars, and workplaces. However, do we actively try to read the Bible and gain insight from it? Do we have Bible literacy? Bible literacy is the ability to organize and understand the Bible so that you can share it with others in your daily life. How do you gain this?
There is a memory theory that contains three parts: sensory, short-term, and long-term. Sensory memory can be described as a reflex. For example, imagine you’re driving a car. While driving the car, you may also talk to the passengers in the car or listen to music. However, when you see someone ahead of you put on their brakes, the next thing you do is put on your breaks too without thinking about it. This is sensory memory; it is automatic. Short-term memory is where we store information we need for a limited amount of time. It could be a password that you use frequently for school, however, when you stop using the associated account, you forget the password. Lastly, there is long-term memory. This is stored by specialized topics, such as events or people. For example, if someone asked you about your favorite thing to do during a period of your life, such as high school, you could remember playing a sport or joining a club. It is stored in your long-term memory.
There are different ways to learn the Bible so that it can be stored in your long-term memory. It can be chronologically, by people in the Bible, by topics, and through memorization. This is important for a grid formation in your mind about the Bible. This grid allows you to organize different parts of the Bible into retrievable memories so that you can recall these Bible truths in your daily life. It’s also a place to plug in new information you learn, as you attend Sunday service or join weekly Bible studies.
The Bible is Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth and is the cornerstone of information for our lives. We hope that you can continue to go deeper into the world of the Bible. As it encourages us in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success,” we encourage you to continue to allow God to be a part of your daily life.