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Girl to Girl Talk: Is It a Sin or Disrespectful to Draw or Write in Your Bible?

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An anonymous PI Girl wrote a post to ask if it’s a sin or disrespectful to draw or write in your Bible.

Many people underline and highlight in their Bibles to help them remember certain scriptures or because it helps their study of the Word. We must remember that the Word of God is Holy, but personally I believe if you are genuinely trying to learn God’s Word, then you should be able to underline scripture. For those of who you draw over the verses, I do not think the Bible is a coloring book, but there are scripture coloring books you can purchase that can be very helpful in memorizing God’s Word. In addition, you can get different colored pencils and can do worship art, which can glorify God.



It’s interesting how different generations and different beliefs (denominations, opinions) can have a worldview of what’s respectful and acceptable and what is not. For example, back in Biblical times, Jewish people did not even say the name God, and they would spell it “G‑d” because they considered God’s name so Holy. The first name of God is Elohim, and the Hebrew name of “the Lord is my salvation” is Yehoshua.



“Our caution is founded on an understanding of the third of the Ten Commandments, ‘You shall not take His name in vain.’ Although this verse is classically interpreted as referring to a senseless oath using G‑d’s name, the avoidance of saying G‑d’s name extends to all expressions, except prayer and Torah study.”chabad.org


I believe we should be concerned with our reverence, but I personally think it’s okay if we use highlighters and colored notes in our Bibles. I posted this question and article specifically because an anonymous PI Girl asked, but also to get us thinking about our relationship with the Lord, how we study, how we learn and to inspire us to read our Bibles. I think if you love to use different colors to express your love for God or like to paint watercolor verses while you worship, that is beautiful, just as long as you are not damaging or blocking God’s Word. Do you agree?


[Images: thesoutherncouture.com/use-coloring-pages-for-bible-journaling; taylorstamped.blogspot.com/2016/01/getting-started-bible-journaling.html?m=1]


What do you think, PI Girls? Where do you draw the line of it being disrespectful to color in the Bible? Do you think that it is okay to underline, color, doodle or highlight in the Holy Bible? Comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. avathenerd

    Posted by avathenerd on August 28, 2018 at 22:03

    I’m uncomfortable with writing in books in general, so I would never underline or highlight in my Bible, but I think its fine for other girls to.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by ThatsMyJesusJam on May 17, 2018 at 12:45

    I think Its Okay as long as your not covering or blocking the word. If your blocking it then you should take it back a notch 😇

  3. gaby.salaz19

    Posted by gaby.salaz19 on August 30, 2017 at 08:56

    Honestly, i think this is a matter of preference, i have a journaling bible and an old fashioned bible, i like to draw in my journaling bible that i bought exactly for that purpose, and in my old fashioned one i can underline, highlight, sometimes write in it, sometimes i even make tiny drawings like a drop or a heart or something like that, but in my journaling bible i take time to savor whatever i’m studying and make an illustration. I don’t personally cover the scripture, because i don’t feel comfortable, but i do use my colored pencils, my pretty markers and even my watercolor kit. I personally do not think i’m being disrispectful or sinful. In the end it’s a matter of conviction.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by yourloveisasong on August 28, 2017 at 11:37

    what i have taken to doing is writing out or drawing certain verses in cursive but i will use a colorful pen to underline a verse (or two or three)