Reading The Bible
What is the Bible?
The Bible is a collection of books which Christians believe to be the word of God, passed through the generations. It is split into 2 parts: ‘The Old Testament’ (creation to 400 years before Jesus’ birth) and ‘The New Testament’ (Jesus’ birth and nearly 100 years on). Most of the bible is set across today’s Middle-East Asia and Europe and is written by numerous different people who encountered God across this time scale. You can often tell who wrote it or who it was written for by the name of the book!
How do you find a verse?
Example: John 7:13
Firstly, look at the contents page to find the book (and take note if it’s in the OT or the NT!). As you read the bible more and more you will start to remember where different books are. The book ‘John’ is the 4th book of the New Testament and the final book in the Gospels (the Good News of Jesus’ life on Earth). Then the number 7 means which chapter it is just like in a normal book, and the number 13 means which verse it is within that chapter and you can normally see it as a little number by the first word of the sentence.
How can I believe its true?
It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell you thats it all easily proven evidence, it takes heart and hope to believe its true. For me, the experiences I have had of being filled with God’s love and hearing him speak to me, allow me to hold onto the promise that He is true to me, and His word must be too.
There is actually historic proof that Jesus was born and was crucified. As Christians we read in the Bible not only that He is God incarnate (human) but also that he died to take away our sins and although there is no historic proof for this, our faith allows us to believe in what we have seen and read to be true, that Jesus is the King of kings and he died to set us free.
What do I do when I don’t understand what it says?
Read around the verse for more of the story.
Find and read the introduction at the beginning of the book.
Ask someone who you think will be able to help you.
Ask God to show you what it means.
How often should I read my Bible?
Whenever you can, as much as you can! Set yourself a challenge this week to read more of your bible!
Here is a good YouTube video to watch on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFRzjImp2M