The other day I shared three reasons on why you should be using a Bible app. With those in mind, I want to share some reasons why it can be dangerous to rely heavily on a Bible app.
- There can be a lower comprehension level. Because of the nature on e-reading, we have a tendency to read very quickly and to scan through passages. When you are reading a normal book, this may be fine. It is not appropriate for reading God’s Word. We are meant to savor and meditate on the Scripture. If you are speeding through your reading, these things cannot happen. No one wolfs down a delicious steak. Instead, it is slowly eaten and enjoyed. Slower reading of the Scripture allows you to comprehend your reading and allows the Holy Spirit to speak.
- There is a much higher distraction level. When I read the Bible on my iPad or other device, there is a constant distraction factor. I am always wanting to go to Facebook or check my email. Knowing that these things are just a click away makes staying focused even more difficult. These distractions are not available when I am reading from a physical Bible.
- There can be a loss of awe for the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God. It is how He chose to reveal Himself to mankind. The Scripture is something to be loved and cherished. It is a treasure. When we treat the Bible as nothing more than another app on our phone or tablet, we are losing an awe for the Bible.
As with any tool, it is possible to misuse them. The Bible app is a great tool and one that I utilize on a regular basis. I would highly recommend that you share the use of Bible apps with your students. Just be careful to warn them of the dangers of using them too much or in place of a physical Bible.