William Tyndale was the first to translate the Bible into English from the original languages. When he began this long and difficult task, he stated that it was his desire that a plowboy could know the Scriptures better than a bishop. Although he was martyred for it, he was successful in giving common believers access to God’s Word.
I wonder what Tyndale would think of our own day. Though it is tough times for professional plowboys, the Bible is more available than at any other time in history.
On top of having easy access to Bibles in our churches, homes, and bookstores, we now have apps for our smart phones and tablets that make it so that we can read, study, and even listen to Scripture at all times.
Although we may not be disciplined enough to be reading the Psalms while in line at Walmart, Bible apps are becoming prevalent in our lives. A quick scan of most congregations on Sunday morning reveals that many people are using a tablet or smartphone to read Scripture as opposed to a physical Bible.
But is there a downside to making a phone, tablet, or computer your primary means of accessing God’s Word?
There is always a trade off when we use technology to replace a previous way of doing something. That doesn’t mean that technology is inherently bad, but that we should be deliberate and mindful when we make use of it.
The difference between a Bible app and a printed Bible extends beyond the difference between pixels and ink. As much as they are a help to us, we lose something when we rely solely on a Bible app instead of a “real” Bible.
Here are 3 Reasons why a Bible app shouldn’t replace your physical Bible:
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