Why Thinking People Read The Bible
Ninety two percent of households in America own at least one copy of the Bible. The average number of Bibles per household is three, yet in any given week only 42% of Americans read their Bible at all. (Barna) Many people think the Bible is full of myths and errors, like any other book of antiquity.
How wrong they are! The Bible is absolutely unique among books on the face of the planet. It was written over 1500 years by more than 40 authors in three languages and addresses hundreds of controversial subjects. Yet, it has an incredible unity, as it tells one story from beginning to end. It is the continuing all-time bestseller, yet too few people read it or even know what books are in the Old or New Testaments.
If you consider yourself a thinking person, you owe it to yourself to read the Bible, not a dab here or there but the whole thing. Unfortunately, the majority of Bibles people have are of the King James Version translated in 1611. Now it was a fine translation in 1611, but the English language has evolved since then, so most people find it hard to understand. Read the Bible in a modern translation, I suggest the New International Version or the New Living Translation. Your comprehension will go up an order of magnitude. Begin in the New Testament and when you complete that, then go back and read the Old Testament. In the near future, we will begin a discussion group on this website, where you will be able to discuss what you have read, ask questions and get answers.
The Bible is not just a book, not just ink on paper or even pixels on a screen, it is full of living power. If you read it, you come in contact with the awesome spiritual power of God. Don’t read it if you are satisfied with your life. But if you want change, if you want to experience God, if you want to understand the all-time bestseller, dive in. You won’t regret it.
NLT Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.