Why most people don’t read the Bible:
- Because they don’t know where to begin.
- Because it’s too long
- Because thee’s and thou’s and thou shalt not’s and all the names and places you can’t pronounce
- Because time
- Bible = Overwhelming. Word. So, where do you start?
The New Testament is where it’s at, start there. Why? Because the Old Testament is a collection of stories leading up to Christ and the New Testament is from Christ forward. As Christians we are in the “Christ Forward” portion. So starting there is logical. This is important especially if you are a new Christian. Starting easy is good, right? Now, the New Testament has 27 books in it. Which do you pick? Some say the Book of John? Why? Because John is a book about Love. And, who doesn’t LOVE, love? The Bible isn’t written in chronological order so it’s not important to read it chronologically. Now, if you are an OCD type person. Ahem… Cough… Raise my own hand here… There’s an awesome Bible out there called the Chronological Life Application Study Bible
The Inside of it is a major selling point, I feel like. It includes pictures, maps, timelines, breakdown of people, Biblical Timeline in relation to Historical Timeline, Study Notes… It’s just really cool!
If you like it here’s where you can get it: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/chronological-life-application-study-bible-nlt-brown-tan-simulated-leather-P005532961
It’s a little pricey but worth the money. You’re welcome!
- The Bible is long. I’ll give you that. Do you have 15 minutes a day though? You probably wasted more than that on Facebook today. Am I right? If you devote 15 minutes a day, which is such a tiny amount of time, you can read the entire Bible in One year. That’s doable. If you don’t like the idea of it taking a year to read, up your minutes a day and get done sooner!
Here’s a little sheet to help you along your way. Remember, start with John and work your way through the New Testament and then start in the Old Testament.
Here’s a link to it where you can maybe view it a little better: http://stmaryslongnewton.co.uk/resources/233-2/
- The King James Version is what most people grew up on in your average church. If someone gave you a Bible as a kid it was probably KJV. It’s difficult for the common person to read and comprehend. People get that, that’s why different translations and versions exist. I know that Wikipedia isn’t a reliable research paper source, but I’m not writing a research paper. Thank God for that! Anyway, Wikipedia says that as of November 2014 The Bible has been translated into 531 languages, and then 2,883 languages have partial Bible translations. Wow. I had no idea there were even that many languages in the world.
Bible Gateway is one of my favorite online Biblical Scripture reference points. It has around 200 versions of the Bible listed, many available to view online. Some of these versions actually have an audio option too. There are many countries and languages to choose from! Take a look, and see which one fits your reading and learning type best.
Here’s the link: https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/
- Time. There’s never enough. How can you fit anything else into your crazy day? I feel ya. That’s honestly my struggle too. The mom life seems like it never ends, and when you get in bed you crash… hard. So, let’s break it down here. What should be the center of your life, your number one? God. We end up putting him last after everything else is done, and then sometimes can’t find the time for him even then. It’s sad. Priorities and discipline guys. I need to be kept in check too, probably more than most people. We know we have to get up and go to work. We know we have to be there on time. We know breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are a certain time of the day. We know that our kids have to be at school before the bell rings. This could go on for a while. Scheduling and time is something the majority of us live by. We are looking for 15 minutes here. Where could you plug in your 15 minutes to read your Bible? Make it the same time each and every day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Be faithful and dedicated. Your walk with Christ will be closer, and you will literally watch yourself grow daily.
See, now it doesn’t seem as overwhelming, right?
Read. Grow. Repeat.