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Old 10-24-2005, 06:17 AM   #1
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Reading the Bible

Having not opened the Bible since school days, I thought I'd sit down and read it again. Has anyone done this recently? I'd like to think I believe in God (was brought up a Catholic) but I don't go to mass or am overtly religious in any way. Am not sure if sitting down and reading the bible from start to finish like a normal book is the best way to go about it? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
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Been a good few years since I last did. Around the summer of 97 I think it was. But yes, I just treated it like a normal book, and read it from start to finish during the school summer holidays. Find a nice quiet place to read it in...don't take it down the local or anything!
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I would say stay away from religious books.


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I would say stay away from religious books.


Well, i have done since i was about 10....

Am not looking for any enlightment or anything like that. I'd just like to give it a read I guess more out of curiosity. Hmm.. maybe I am looking for enlightment!
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Maybe read a book on the enlightenment.
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Re: Reading the Bible

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Am not sure if sitting down and reading the bible from start to finish like a normal book is the best way to go about it? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

I have a similar background to yours and I've actually been intending to do the same thing one of these days but have never gotten around to it. I think that would be the best way to go about it rather than picking certain bits that people recommend to you. I would try to view it without any preconceived notions (as hard as that may be) and just see what you can glean from it.

Rather than viewing the Bible as a religious book, I think I now view it as more of a historic text which has undoubtedly changed over time. Its authors (and their intentions) are so varied that I would suggest that you think critically about what is written and not take anything literally.
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A little knowledge can be dangerous, and the Bible is a difficult book. Since you're Catholic, you should also bundle your reading of the Bible with a scholarly text:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

I haven't read this book myself, but it looks like it would be a good synopsis of what I learned in my Catholic high school religion classes.

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A little knowledge can be dangerous, and the Bible is a difficult book. Since you're Catholic, you should also bundle your reading of the Bible with a scholarly text:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

I haven't read this book myself, but it looks like it would be a good synopsis of what I learned in my Catholic high school religion classes.

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The Message Remix is also a very good version 2 bring yourself back in2 the fold, so 2 speak... very easy modern language.
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Re: Reading the Bible

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Having not opened the Bible since school days, I thought I'd sit down and read it again. Has anyone done this recently? I'd like to think I believe in God (was brought up a Catholic) but I don't go to mass or am overtly religious in any way. Am not sure if sitting down and reading the bible from start to finish like a normal book is the best way to go about it? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
There are many One Year Bibles that divide the text into daily readings. Many will have passages from Old and New Testaments each day (others add Psalms and Proverbs as part of daily reading as well). I'm in my fifth year of doing this as a daily practice.

You can find One Year Bibles for most common translations (NIV being the most common).

Enjoy!
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I started reading the Bible a year ago and it has been amazing! I have seen that Grace is the most powerful force in the universe.

I started reading The Message a translation of the Bible by Eugene Peterson. I was made aware of this by Bono himself!
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"I would say stay away from religious books."

I'm just glad Bono doesn't follow this advice.
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I started reading the Bible a year ago and it has been amazing! I have seen that Grace is the most powerful force in the universe.

I started reading The Message a translation of the Bible by Eugene Peterson. I was made aware of this by Bono himself!
What kind of translation is it? Into simpler english or is it the way it is told?
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The Message is the easiest of all translations. I would describe it as a conversational translation.

Some translations go word for word from the Greek and Hebrew. Others translate thought for thought.

The Message gives you a good flavor, but would not be used for scholarly understanding.
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Just reading may be difficult sometimes, you don´t understand everything. It´s good if you´d do it with someone who has studied the bible, maybe he would teach you
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