JohnDB, yes the bible is the written Word of God, but one can’t come to know God by reading.
The only way one can come to know God is to have God teach him or her. Only God knows what one understands. God knows what a word means to him or her.
The bible can and is used to learn about God, and Jesus/Holy Spirit can use the bible to bring one to know God.
How many different Christian denominations are there? Many different ones right? All use the same bible, and yet very little agreement on what the words are saying. If the bible were the way to come to know God then people would all have the same understanding.
Paul told us the only way to come to know God was to have God bring one.
(1 Corinthians 2:10-16) “These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reaches the depts. Of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything and his own value in not to be judged by other men. As scripture says;’ who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him?’ But we are those who have the mind of Christ.