Help for the Asking
When you or I read the Bible, we have help. The very Author of Scripture is present with us, as I like to tell contacts. But what about newcomers to the Bible? Have you ever heard someone tell you they tried to read it, but it doesn’t make sense? I was surprised to find atheists encouraging people to read the Bible. To them, actually reading it should convince anyone that it’s a purely fictional work of unenlightened iron-age people. (This will come as quite a surprise to the daily Bible readers who receive this letter.)
While I (obviously) disagree that reading the Bible honestly is the route to atheism, I’m not surprised when people tell me they don’t understand it. Hearing an Ethiopian official reading Isaiah 53, Philip the evangelist asked him if he understood. “How can I,” the man responded, “unless someone guides me?”
What's different About evangelism via app?
That’s what our new Ask Bible App is designed to facilitate: connecting Christian Bible guides (online evangelists) with seekers. It’s written in Java ME and designed for the lower-end smartphones found all over the world. (Oracle claims 3 billion mobile phones run Java. Operating systems supporting Java ME apps include Nokia, Bada, Symbian, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Maemo, MeeGo and Android - about 55% of the market.) While YouVersion is by far the most popular Bible app for Android and iOS users, (228,679,524 installs) we recognize not every mobile user can afford devices capable of running it.
But because it is an app, we can give users a way to ask questions. Someone in Islamabad, Pakistan wrote me today, and he needed the truth about Jesus, just like the Ethiopian eunuch did. “Tell me about Jesus,” he wrote. Just going on what he’s likely to have been taught, it’s important that he know that Jesus is not only a prophet, not only a worker of miracles or a great teacher, but God in human flesh, come to suffer the curse of death for us.
Thank you! We know we could not be there for a Bible app reader in Islamabad without the consistent, faithful giving of ministry partners like you!
Contacts are a bit more likely, then, to come to us with a concern based on, or guided by, Bible content. Like the Ethiopian official, unless someone guides them, how can they know?
Love, in Christ,
One Day Closer!