"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
1 John 5:13
Should a Christian Write in or Highlight Their Bible?
Should a Christian use a marker to highlight passages of Scripture or use a pen or pencil to write in their Bible? If they want to that is fine. I could not care less if another Christian mars their Bible in that fashion. However, I would never do that. I have had my Bible for over 25 years now and it still looks brand new. Not a single mark has ever been put in there by me.
I find writing or different colored highlights are distracting when I am trying to read it. When I first became a Christian a fellow believer proudly showed me their Bible and bragged about all of the highlights in it. Each page had about three or four different colors and they were filled completely.
Christians who mark their Bibles need to be wary of falling into Satan's trap of being proud of this. I have found many Christians use their marked Bible as a badge of honor to boast of how much they have read them. They proudly display their marked Bibles and encourage you to do the same to yours.
Pictures of highlighted and written on Bibles are a popular picture on social media these days. I was on Instagram yesterday looking at a person who had dozens of pictures of their Bible which looked like a rainbow with the different highlights on every page. They were very proud of their marked Bible, Jesus warned us of showing off our "religous" works to others.
One well-known and highly esteemed pastor made the following statement during a sermon. "Now write this in your Bible, and if you don't want to write in it, buy a glass case and put it in there. Then go buy a Bible that you want to write in." He actually mocked fellow believers who did not want to write in their Bibles. How much pride does a pastor have to have to feel that his words/notes need to be in your Bible next to God's?
People come from different walks-of-life, some of us weren't raised in Christian homes and a Bible was not available to us growing up. When I was 16 years old I had to buy my own Bible because none were available to me. My family didn't buy one for me, I had to. I used the money from my babysitting job to purchase one. I even had to buy my own food with this money because their wasn't any in my house. All I am trying to say is my Bible might mean a little more to me because of these circumstances so I would never write in it because it is so precious to me.
Again, I don't care if you write in your Bible. Just don't look down on those of us who refuse to do so. Also, don't boast about your marked Bible because that is how the Pharisees in Jesus' time acted.
"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly," Matthew 6:1-4.
"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words," Matthew 6:5-7.
"Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly," Matthew 6:16-18.