"The truth is the Bible is the hardest book to read of all time. How many people in history have read the whole Bible before? I would guess most who have were/are in religious life.
Im not saying people shouldnt read the Bible, but what I am saying is that there is a difference between reading a few verses that support your views and reading the whole Bible"
I had to smile when I read this thread, esp. the above post. The Bible is so easy to read a child can do it! And most people I knew as protestants read the entire Bible repeatedly. Even teenagers can follow reading plans that take you through the Bible in one year. : )
Or you can follow another good reading method. Pick a book (shorter is good!) and read it 10 - 12 times IN A ROW. In one sitting, if possible. By the 8th or 9th time, you’ll start seeing the connections you missed before. You’ll see the context. Esp good with Paul’s writings. He loves to interrupt himself! You’ll suddenly see what all the “therefore’s” and “for this reason’s” are actually connected to!
For background I was raised mostly protestant but now Catholic. I recieved my first LEATHER bound Living Bible for my birthday before I knew how to read. (The leather was a BIG deal! A real GROWN UP Bible!!) I couldn’t wait to read it!! I slept with it under my pillow until school started. : )
By the time I was out of first grade, I was reading complete gospels on my own. My non-denominational school had monthly memorization of around 10 verses a month for the little kids. By the time you reached High School, you were memorizing whole chapters. I and others I know have memorized complete books.
King James was the required school version, but I owned several others as well. NIV, Living, Amplified, NAS, New King James, and others. These were not family bibles. These were my personal bibles. My family members had their own. I spent a great deal of time comparing versions while I read.
It was very common to read through the entire Bible each year, plus extra. That was considered NORMAL devotional reading. The minimum. If you weren’t reading Scripture at least 1/2 hour daily, (twice daily was even better!) you were considered seriously backslidden by most protestants I know. : )
By the way, parents, if you want your children to love the Bible, you need to love it yourself. Let them see you reading it ~ often. Give them their own Bible. Make a BIG deal about how special it is, even before they can read it themselves. If you can afford it, give nice leather bibles for junior high and high school graduation presents. Before hand, challenge them to try out paperback versions to see which version they prefer to read.
One of my earliest memories is of my mom standing by the dishwasher reading the Our Father to me out of my new leather Bible. She even underlined it, so I could see exactly where she had read. And I was so excited at the thought of someday learning to read it for myself!
I thank God I had parents like mine. All those years of scripture soaked into me. Now it’s like a treasure trove. When I listen to EWTN, or read the Catechism, I get floods of remembered verses coming to my mind. I can see connections I never noticed before.
It’s so easy now to see how everything fits together into the Truth.