I want to know if you have read the whole thing.
What do you think about it after reading it completely?
Were you able to understand it fully?
Did you get any message from it?
Any other experience to share on it?
I haven’t read a lot of the old testament, but have read all of the new one, I used an easy translation of The Living bible which is in plain english. I was able to understand it and more that, I became to know Jesus Christ on a personal level. The only was to explain that is, since God is His word, by spending time with the word is the same as spending time with Him. The experience of it was that it forever changed my life and I would recommend it to anyone.
If you are using a modern translation, you really need a Bible concordance to get at the original meanings of words.
Much of the Bible is distorted in the modern translations. For instance, the word “hell” comes from three original root words, each of which mean very different things. So when you read a passage that uses the word hell in it, it could mean any of three disparate things…
I’ve read the New Living Translation. As you said it is very easy to grasp, especially the Old Testament. I actually use the NRSV, GNB and Jerusalem Bible also with it to get a clear understanding of some of the concepts and how they are interpreted and translated.
I’ve read it fully a couple times.
Its obviously a complex book. The Bible itself tells readers to compare passages to each other to understand them (“here a little, there a little”…) So its not like a novel or something where you can just read it through and fully understand it. You have to examine it like a textbook.
There’s also the problem of all these religions who distort what it ACTUALLY SAYS that get in the way of understanding it properly.
I have stuck with the New King James Version over time because its closer to the original than the more modern translations where they modernize all the English and sanitize it.
But even that is of limited value because so many concepts and words from the original Hebrew and Greek have been streamlined down to mean one thing, when originally they meant several, or only had an accurate meaning within the context of the passage.
All the major concepts of Christian religion, heaven, hell, the reward of the saved, the end of the world, the role of Satan, the ultimate destiny of humanity, are distorted in the churches of today and pretty far from what the Bible actually says on these matters.
At least more accurate than just reading a modern interpretation of the Bible itself…
The problem really boils down to language. Language is vague. Human experience is subjective. Even if we could go back in time and walk with Christ his entire path, or with the Old Testament patriarchs, its like witnesses to a car accident. Everyone has their own view of what actually happened.
Asking people if they understand the Bible is essentially asking people if they THINK they understand the Bible. It’s literature that’s open to interpretation, even more so than any other fiction one might pick up at a book store, and that’s partly because it tries to lay down law, create a structure. Like the Constitution, it has to be interpreted. Since it has multiple authors, gleaning a cohesive meaning from the book as a whole is a haphazard pursuit. Although, the Catholic Church has done much to shape and mold the Bible from its original state into a book more appealing to their dogmas.
Is there a movie for that thing? LOL #trollsandbibles
I really liked Martin Scorsese’s version of Jesus’s life. If that means anything. It was also banned by the Catholic Church because Jesus has sex. That’s really interesting… because it was somehow offensive to people. Which made me not want to read the whole bible actually, because are these people kidding me?
You’re right. I’m just going to have a very skeptical approach if I do because of the highly religious people’s interpretations of it. I was also influenced by conversations when I was still a kid about its multiple rewritings by different people through the centuries. Something free to be edited doesn’t strike singleness. It means it has the freedom to change its own standards and even people’s interpretations of common knowledge. Then there’s also the question which bible should I read and with what content? I did read lots of interpretations by Mark Twain from certain texts and I enjoyed reading those a lot. Nowadays people are arguing who ate the apple exactly, Adam or Eve? “The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.” -Mark Twain :D
Read it a few times.
Main thing I thought after reading it through the first time was… how ridiculous it is that so many people believe in something that they don’t even know a single thing about. And how everything about Christianity (and religion in general) is SINFUL according to the bible.
No, I was not able to understand it fully. First of all, because it’s a distorted book. Second, because the message itself is full of contradictions and doesn’t make sense.
The bible of today has very little in common with the original.
Got plenty of messages from it. Some were good, most was rubbish.
I can agree with you here, though I think we ourselves have a distorted view about what sin actually is. If we look at it more holistically, it can make sense.
Good to see that people can read something and form their own damn opinions about it though!