I have never read the Bible, but have decided to do so. I wasn't raised very religious and only went to church occasionally and I have a lot of questions that I'm hoping can be answered by reading it. Maybe it will help me finally decide what I believe. So my question is: Where should I begin reading? Start at the beginning, the middle, a certain chapter? Thanks!Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Jul. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
Start at the beginning and if possible get someone to help you understand what some of it means. If you ever have any questions please fill free to message me and i will try my best to help you. Congratulations on deciding to take that first step. As a born again Christian i welcome you into the family with open arms.
Answer by rose549 at 10:44 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by angieluv at 10:45 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by CarrienKansas at 10:47 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 10:52 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
The Best place to start is the Gospel of John in the New Testament. That Book, more so than any other, deals with people as individuals and really shows how Jesus connects with each individual on a personal level.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation & understanding of what you're reading and help you to apply it to your life on a daily basis. Take it slow and don't feel you have to read "X" number of chapters or pages every day. Sometimes, one verse is good and will give you a lot to meditate on for the day.
The Bible wasn't written to be read from beginning to end as a novel, but more so as a daily guide book for life. Skip around and let the Holy Spirit lead you to the scriptures that would most benefit you for that particular day. There's a really good book titled Bible Study Methods by Rick Warren that might be of help to you.
Answer by BlessedMommy64 at 11:01 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 11:12 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
I agree with the others who said start with the gospels. I'm not sure order is that important. But I wanted to add that a good translation is very important. King James is written at about a 12th grade level, NIV is about 8th grade level. I personally like NIV. Go to the Bible book store if you don't have a Bible yet and ask them to show you what they have, the different versions. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.
There is a good web site called Bible Gateway www.biblegateway.com, if you go to their additional resources link there will be a section called reading plans. There is one that is just the great stories of the Bible, ex. the flood. So there are many plans that can get you started too.
Answer by teamquinn at 11:16 AM on Jul. 15, 2009
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Answer by MommyLee08 at 12:20 PM on Jul. 15, 2009