Have you been wrestling with a choice? A Paper Bible vs Digital Bible
Should I read God’s Word in my physical PAPER Bible or on my digital device? Does it really matter which one is used?
Is studying God’s word difficult? Are you trying to navigate your Bible but can’t seem to find the time to dive deeper? Perhaps, you using your smartphone seems wrong and doesn’t provide a deep enough study?
During the early years of motherhood when I had tiny little ones attached to me almost 24 hours a day, it became increasingly difficult to read God’s word so I eventually turned to my smartphone as a supplemental tool to read God’s word.
Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both and figure out which is best for YOU? In your current season or assignment in life.
YouTube Video: Physical Bible vs Digital Bible
Digital Bible Apps
Using a BIBLE app isn’t a sin!
Today, you have access to a plethora of tools to study God’s word. You can read about it here. Don’t let someone, not even me, make you feel guilty about the tool being used to deepen your faith walk.
Using a BIBLE app isn’t a sin!
However, if you are here searching for answers on WHEN you should use a digital bible vs a physical paper Bible then let’s look at some clear advantages and disadvantages.
|Easily accessible||Lacks the kinesthetic learning style |
(cannot touch and write)
|Travels easily||Lacks deep engagement opportunities|
|Multiple ways to study:|
studies, reading plans, and community
|Lack of retention |
(people are not retaining the information they read)
|Can share scripture easily|
Write God’s Word on your heart.
If you are not creating a deep relationship with God through your digital Bible app then it may be time to use your PHYSICAL Bible. It provides an opportunity to see the Bigger picture and connect pieces of HIS story to your story.
It has cross-refrences and a dictionary to dive deeper into the context of each lesson that the Lord is trying to convey to us.
Personally, I love my BIBLE! IT has been a resource in my life for 16 years – it is bruised and battered and barely held together with duct tape (sounds just like me!). I had to buy a new Bible cover to keep it from falling apart! It has been through many trials and tear-streaked nights as I have navigated the murky waters of this life yet the Lord has used it to highlight areas in my life where I needed HIM most.
My physical Bible is a treasure. In case you are wondering, here are my favorite Bible resources:
- My favorite BIBLE: https://amzn.to/3hmIQZd
- My favorite BIBLE app: https://www.youversion.com/products/
- My favorite Bible cover: https://amzn.to/3inrnRt
Let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages of a PHYSICAL Bible:
|Provides a kinesthetic learning style|
touch, feel, write, visual
|Bigger Picture||Hard to carry in diaper bag|
(cross-references, maps, concordance)
|Not as durable|
|Doodling!!!||Hard to navigate for beginners|
|More retention||Lacks topical Bible plans|
So what, who cares?
You do you!
Our seasons in life changes frequently. When I was a young believer and mom of young children, it was difficult to carry my Bible with me and keep it safe from little hands therefore using a smartphone was an excellent way to stay in God’s word so my cup did not become EMPTY. Nobody wants a mama with a bad attitude because her heart isn’t focused on GOD!
Now, I have a little margin and have developed rhythms for my days. Rising earlier and going to bed earlier have created margin to study in my REAL Bible so my cup stays full and overflowing. Right now (September 2020), I am going through 1 Samuel and it says that GOD judges by the HEART.
So mama, don’t feel judged about what you are using to stay in communion with the Lord. HE knows your heart! Only serve HIM.