Should You Do Your Devotions With a Digital Bible and Thriving ThursdaysPosted by KM Logan on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog Posts, Thriving Thursdays | 3 comments
On a local Christian radio station they did a segment a few days ago about digital Bibles versus print Bibles. As listeners called in I was surprised how firm some people’s preferences were.
Truth be told I’ve been doing a lot of my devotions on my smart phone lately. I have Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional book as an App (which I LOVE) and a Bible App I use almost daily.
I love the convenience that my daily devotional is close at hand and the moment I open my app it takes me to the current daily devotion and Bible reading.
Even though I love these apps I also love my Waterproof Bible. This is my newest Bible, that hasn’t been filled with my thoughts in the margins yet. So lately when I’ve been reading this Bible I’ve been taking sticky notes and writing the new ways God speaks to my heart.
So what’s better? The digital Bible or the paper, or in case of the waterproof, plastic, Bible?
Is one better or is it simply a preference?
Consider the following:
Both types of Bibles are the Word of God that doesn’t return void. The words are the same just a different medium.
It’s much more practical to always have a Bible on you when it’s digital.
But reading a “real” Bible out in public is a more obvious witness to others than staring at a smart phone or eReader.
If you always do your devotions on a Smart Phone do your children realize you’re reading the Bible or do they simply think you’re playing Angry Birds?
You can write and highlight easier in a paper Bible, I’m amazed when I come back at a later to the Bibles I’ve had through the years the insights I can glean from how God has spoken to my heart in the past. A Bible with filled margins is a legacy that can be passed on, a smart phone will eventually wind up in the trash.
A smart phone is far more than a Bible, it’s so easy to be in the middle of a devotion and get distracted by a Facebook message or a tweet.
People are also hesitant to use digital Bibles in church (although I don’t have a problem with it) because they’re afraid someone will think they’re texting.
Now It’s Your Turn. What’s your preference, digital Bible or Paper Bible?
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