God doesn't require us to read it in order to be a Christian. Not saying it's not a good idea though.
...and pay particular attention to how Christ lived and how he treated people. Christianity was never meant to be an excuse for intolerance and hatred.
The entire Bible is equally important. The Old Testament points to the New Testament, and it is the history of the Christian people. The Ten Commandments are in the Old Testament. The lineage of Christ is detailed in the Old Testament. The Old Testament fore shadows the coming of Christ. Every Christian should read the Bible every day: how else will we know what is in it?
Gee, all these new-fangled ideas. I miss the days when you got burned at the stake for translating the Bible out of the Latin.
That's a good one!
Hey, it made certain only the "right" people actually knew what was going on in there.
Well done !
Which is still able to read Latin today !
No, not today, but back in high school I could.
I'm not going to be X-tian, but I read the synoptic gospels and Revelations once.
While the Bible certainly is an essential part of Christianity, the spirit that we can feel as we read of Christ and his teachings is far more important. We as Christians do not need to be able to quote the book to know it is of God or to be a Christian. I think that maybe once in a while it would indeed be nice to just sit down and read it straight through, but this certainly cannot be done everyday. And it is the daily sc
I think you misunderstood what I said Sean. What I said is that it is important to study the Bible daily. And when we put forth the effort to do so, to learn of Christ, it is the Holy Spirit that testifies to us of the truthfulness that we read. We cannot possibly read the entire Bible every day, but we can draw near to Christ every day by studying everyday.
That being said, there are those who can quote the Bible verbatim and yet not truly understand it.
If you're going to be a heretic you should immerse yourself in the bible for a few years.
But it's pretty long and hard to get through - besides, the preacher tells you all the important parts anyway.
I'm ok with it. I figure our preacher gets all the important stuff.
I'm going to agree with Sean on this one, your perspective and understanding will change when you read the bible cover to cover, what the preacher says on Sunday will make far better sense to you and your spririt will be edified.
O Sean, o proselytizing, preaching Sean
I have several times, thanks for asking Sean. So have you read it sir?
Excellent, which of the books do you find most helpful in your daily life? I have been in Romans the past month or two.
I also enjoy hearing it on CD in my car, help ward off Road Rage.
"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
Yeah, Sean I read the Torah, the old testament too. Many times..., I think it makes for perfect understanding of the nature of God (Perfection, Judgement, Mercy, etc). We must also heed that Christ is the new covenant - and geen what Christ did. Christ did not stone the woman in adultry, as is commanded of the old Testament, he showed mercy, showed us an example of repentance and change of heart and action. Keeping us able to remain within the "vine" of God. Your question here is going out of control.
For me, a believer believes - I am not aware of any Christ directed violent laws sir, please enlighten me. If you are referring to scriptures where Christ said that his coming will divide households and people will fight and die as a result of the “good news” and revolutionary movement Christ was preaching, well then yes I understand what you are referring to. Keep in mind the Pharisees and Sadducees of that time were completely legalistic and hypocritical. When Christ pointed out there misunderstanding of God and the law, they were not pleased, yes Christ was a stumbling block for many then and many now.
The bible is literature, i have taken a few courses on it, it does have style too from author to author. Inspired word of God. A big part of the process is our process, namely how the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us through it. Yeah, its heavy.