I have heard many pastors encouraging their members to read the Bible daily.
Why do we have to read the Bible daily?
Is going to church and listening to sermons not enough?
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The Sadducees posted a question on Christianity.SE about married life after resurrection (they didn't believe in resurrection of the dead) and Jesus replied (Matthew 22:29):
Reading the bible == knowing the scriptures helps us to prevent developing erroneous views that hinder our spiritual growth or potentially lead us astray. Sometimes even preachers from the pulpit preach doctrines that have errors or even heresies in them and though the preachers responsibility is greater, the listener is not without one.
This is a question that is addressed in various places in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
So, from a Catholic point of view, reading the Sacred Scriptures is a central means of encountering God and taking part in the mystery of salvation, leading to repentance and the forgiveness of sins, as well as being a guide for a life of Christian charity. Ideally, reading the Scriptures is an integral part of a Christian devotional life, along with the sacraments and other forms of prayer.
Your question was answered by Luke in the book of Acts of the Apostles:
Acts 17:10 and 11 King James translation
Even the most dedicated of pastors, have been known to misinterpret Scripture, and unless we allow the Holy Spirit to be our teacher, we cannot be sure that the messages we receive concerning the Scriptures is what God wants us to learn from them.
Having been pastored by many Good Ministers in my life, almost every one will at some point give a sermon on Act 17:11 and the point of message invariably is to seek the truth in what you are receiving.
It has been my experience that the Holy Spirit will give you the meaning from the Scriptures, which you need at the time, and may have you understand them differently under differing circumstance.
Jesus himself said;
Pastors according to Merriam Webster:
Remember what Jesus said to Peter:
John 21:15 through 17
Any farmer knows that he can put his livestock out to pasture, but even though his pasture is full of vegatation the animals will seek out the best grass to eat and ignore the weeds. And if God gives animals that need for that which will be the best for them should he expect less of us?
One of the reasons I enjoy this site, and visit it each day is that through some of the questions and answers I have found that even at 76 years old having been a Christian for 63 of those years I still have a lot to learn about God's love for us.
Psalm 1:2 [NIV]
Joshua 1:8 [ESV]