The first thing to remember is that the Bible is not a textbook.
The Bible is a record of events, the words of God, and the thoughts of men.
In that sense, it is a compendium of ideas.
And the Bible can be read with great clarity.
It can be studied in a classroom, and it can be found in a library, but the Bible, like the rest of the Bible corpus, is the result of human imagination and the exercise of a great many human endeavors.
When the Bible was written, the world was at a critical moment in history.
As the Roman Empire collapsed, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faced a crisis.
The world was about to face a profound crisis in faith, and many Christians were in a state of intense anxiety and crisis.
At this moment in the history of Christianity, when faith was being shaken, it seemed prudent to read the Bible as an attempt to calm the storm.
As with any other book, the Bible has its own strengths and weaknesses.
But the book of Romans is a classic example of the sort of book that can offer us the kind of insight into how a culture and religion is evolving, how people think, and how the world is going.
Romans 7:13-14 “For the love of Christ we give to you a gift in the name of Jesus: a heart of flesh, one that is willing to die for its brethren.
This is the gift of God: to walk humbly with all men, not as though you were God, but as though the world were not, to be humbled by the word of God.
So when we walk in the light of Christ, we are not in the world, but in the kingdom of God.”
In this passage, the authors of the New Testament emphasize the importance of reading the Bible not as a textbook but as an inspiration for action.
If we read the words carefully, we will be able to see how the author is speaking of God’s message and the world’s crisis in his words.
God is teaching us how to live our lives.
In the world today, our culture is at a very dangerous crossroads.
We face a moment of great uncertainty in the form of a rapidly increasing threat to our security, to our freedoms, and to our lives in the modern world.
The words of the Lord, Romans 7, have inspired us to read and understand the Bible with great care and concern.
Romans is not simply a guide to a good book.
It is a great book for thinking about how to be in the community of Christ and to walk in its light.
The authors of Romans did not write it to be read by everyone.
Romans was written for a particular group of people.
The first Christian church in the Roman world, the first Christian kingdom, the city of Jerusalem, was founded by a man named Flavius, the son of Paul.
And for this reason, the text of Romans should be read for its own sake.
In a way, we have the same right to read this text as any other Bible.
We should read it as the author intended it to read.
And when we do so, we should understand that it is not just a book to read but a book that has been designed to be used as a means of spiritual growth.
To the first Christians who read the first book of the Christian Bible, the book is a guide, not a book for learning.
They would do well to reflect on this text and ask, How can we use the Bible to grow in our lives?
For most of the time, we read and study the Bible and the Bible uses the Bible.
But there are times when the Bible itself cannot be read in its entirety.
It often requires some kind of mediation to reach its full potential.
For instance, it was not until after the fall of Rome that the Christian church was able to begin to take its place as a global community.
During this time, the writings of the apostles and prophets were used to help guide the people of God toward the kingdom and the knowledge of God that would come in time.
As such, we must remember that the writings are not meant to be just another book to be learned.
They have been crafted to help us reach the full potential of the human spirit.
And they are often used as models for people in the Church today.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to Bible study.
Some people are naturally drawn to reading the New King James Version of the Hebrew Bible.
Others find the text difficult to read at first glance.
And some find the New Revised Standard Version difficult to understand.
And so it is with the New American Standard Bible.
Some of the more challenging passages for some people have to do with the teachings of Jesus, the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and, in particular, the doctrine of salvation.
There are passages that have had a significant impact on the lives of people today, and we have to recognize these