Monday, March 21, 2011

How Do You Read The Bible?

Growing up in a ‘Christian’ household, it was only a matter of time before you got to read the whole bible. Most of us had the classic, Book of Bible stories, beautifully illustrated and just really nice to read. I had gone over the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, twice, it wasn’t until recently that I began to realize that one could read the bible, and that would be it, nothing, no knowledge, no understanding. We could read something, but did we really understand what it meant? What the context was? I always say, content is wonderful, but context remains king.

As I began to make my way back to understanding what Christianity was all about, understanding the bible was inevitable. What hit me the most was how easy things get quoted out of context, everyone is guilty of this. Most books of the bible are written in a way that is plain and easy for anyone with the IQ of a frog to read and understand, but what is usually missing? What hinders us most of the time? Good intent is merely not enough. Good intent cannot change what is set in stone.

1, We read with a subjective heart/mind. We read the bible bringing all our bias whether good or bad to it. So you begin to see the words fit what you want it to fit.

2. We read from our own present culture and impose them on the text of the scripture. Chronological snobbery, some would describe this as.

So how should we read the bible?

  1. Read it with an open heart, an objective mind. If you do that with a lot of other books, why do we have to carry so much bias to the Bible? Leave it alone. Free your heart/mind, and then pick it up.
  2. Don’t pick verses at will. Consider the whole chapter, or at least look at the context of what is being written about, at that particular time

 What we usually do is the opposite of this flow, but to get things right it must move in this form.

Helpful ways of getting back on track is finding a church that encourages proper bible study. Most churches do not and it’s sad, don’t be passive, study!. Also, having a network of people/friends who are keen on studying too will be great. To go in depth, you can research on the origin of the particular texts, read actual translations from the original languages and not just interpretative text. You can also read from other sources about what life was like in those cultures at certain times. See the texts as presenting a complete picture. This will give a better understanding and experience. Also, don’t forget to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you do all of this, Cheers.

Written by our so supportive and lovely Gaminegirlie, writer of the beautiful post ESSENCE
Gaminegirlie is someone who was lost within the corridors of religion. but has since found truth and is getting an understanding of it everyday with new eyes and an earnest heart. Gaminegirlie is also a design, health and education enthusiast. Find her on twitter @Gaminegirlie

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3 comments:

  1. i havent finished the bible before X_X
    i know i know
    i have started all those read the bible in a year lots of times
    but i never finish it

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  2. preservingthesaltinessMarch 22, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    hahahah, BBB me too, infact urs is even better, atleast u have started, I only did it(started and completed) for the first time last year, before that laziness dint even let me consider it. I'm doing it for the second time this year and I am still getting things I dint get last year, thats just the beauty of it. Plus it doesnt have to be in a year, u can make it in 2 years, just take ur time with it.

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  3. I really like that it's pointed out to read the bible with an objective view and consider full chapter studies. Whenever I try to read just one verse, I always find myself going back to the beginning. I like this post, thanks Gaminegirlie :)

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