There are many reasons to study the Bible and go to Church. Sure, the Bible contains historical information, about Kings, religious practices of the people, inspiring stories, and lessons on how to live your life. But these are not the only reasons to read and study the Bible.
It is true you don’t have to read the Bible to go to Heaven and you don’t have to give to the poor to go Heaven. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, you must believe that Jesus was sent by God to pay the price for your sin and believe in your heart that Jesus rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven. John chapter 3 verse 16: ” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s Simple, but not easy.
Believing is having faith and faith is belief in things unseen. The book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Going back to my original question, why should a person study the Bible or go to Church? I like to use analogies and this is one I use occasionally.–
So you believe that Jesus died for you and accept and know, He is the way, the Truth and the Light. That you will enter the gates of Heaven because of His sacrifice for you. According to the Bible, you will enter the kingdom of Heaven. You have all rights as a child of the most high God. You’re right, you don’t need to read your Bible or go to Church, because now you’re in.
So let’s say you see a profile on a dating website, the next day you go the courthouse and exchange wedding vows. You are now legally married. You are Mr. and Mrs. You both have all legal rights that accompany marriage: filing joint tax returns, insurance discounts, Medicare, social security benefits and much more. Five minutes after you say “I do” your beloved moves to a far away land… you have no more contact with each other. You are still married and have all the rights and carry the name of husband or wife. What is missing is your relationship, you are missing love, comfort in time of need and a companion who is for you and not against you.
The way to a relationship with anyone and this includes God is communication, talking with each other, sharing what is in our soul. Prayer is our talking to God and reading the Bible is God talking to us. We learn about Jesus’ character and his personality, we have comfort and guidance in His words. Going to Church should be about sharing this relationship with others—a family. Family should have your back, set an example, a place to come, for answers in times of need. A family loves you in spite of your character flaws.
This may be helpful, a Searchable Online Bible with Study Resources https://www.blueletterbible.org/