…I never thought that mentioning that I’m attempting to read the bible in one year would be one of them.
But apparently I was wrong.
Because on Wednesday, when 100s of us all over the country opened our Bible in One Year bibles to begin this little adventure, I posted the following on facebook:
Well. My friend (who to my knowledge isn’t a Christian) was the first to reply, and said he understood. Other comments followed that were nothing major. People ‘liked’ my status. And then 2 people decided to discourage me from doing it because it’s ‘really all about meditation’, and ‘reading one verse a day is better’.
Now don’t get me wrong. I TOTALLY understand where these guys are coming from. What’s the use of reading something and not taking it in, or applying to my own life if I believe it to be true?
BUT…do you realise some of my friends who do not have any faith beliefs have actually read the bible (plus the mormon bible and the Qu’ran…)? And yet I’ve never read the whole bible, and profess to be a Christian.
I don’t know the whole story.
I mean of course I know the basic principles and important bits. It’s kind of like how I could read an episode summary of a TV show though…I know the key plot points and the exciting bits, but unless I watch the whole thing, I have no idea how the story unfolds.
So I’m frickin’ well going to read it so I do.
Will it get tedious? Probably.
Will some of it go completely over my head? Yup. I hit the genealogy of Noah today in the book of Genesis….wooooossshhhh – SPLAT! Over my head. I couldn’t have given a toss about who was married to who or born to who or how many years they lived really. But at least I know it sounds a little weird. At least I’ve discovered another part of the story I didn’t know before. At least I was reminded of bits of history I’d previously forgotten.
I do want to make it clear that I don’t think that reading the whole bible makes me any better or worse a Christian or any more loved by God than I believe I already am.
This is just something I feel it’s important to do.
Plus it’s an encouraged requirement of the course I’m about to embark on in a month’s time when I begin Inter:act.
And do you know what’s more sad? People saw the comments on that status, and they’ve brought them up with me. I’m not sure it was the best witness in the world.
As my friend who is training to be a church minister (and has done a lot of children & youth work) said to me yesterday “It’s one of the most common things children ask me: Have you read all the bible?…How does it look to them when you say ‘No’?”
I think he makes an excellent point.