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You Can Read The Bible

Updated on August 5, 2016

First Time reading the Bible?

Most people have no idea how to go about reading the Bible. I have heard some people claim they have read it cover to cover several times. Well, even if they have that is probably the worst way to go about reading the Bible! So, if you are considering reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation then STOP!

Here is why you should not read the Bible this way:

  1. The Books of the Bible are in categorical order, not chronological order. This means that you may skip hundred of years in between different books of the Bible and not even know it.
  2. You will likely burn out when you get to the book of Leviticus. The book of Leviticus is the book of laws that Moses wrote for the people of Israel to follow. IT IS A LAW BOOK. Have you ever read any of our law books? They are awful. The good news is that Moses's law book is much more straight forward, easier to understand (it wasn't made complicated on purpose unlike our system of law) and shorter. The bad news is that it is still a book of laws!
  3. You will have to read 39 books of the Old Testament before you get to the New Testament This means that if your goal is to understand Jesus, you will have to slog through a lot of reading before you get to read about Him.

Look I am not saying reading the Bible cover to cover is worthless. If you read the Bible even once you will understand, religion, western civilization, and history better than most people. But you will also be confused. You will not be aware of the chronological order of the events of the Bible. You will likely be burnt out from reading some of the Bible's more difficult books, and you will be wondering why everyone likes the Bible so much. I promise you there are better ways to read the Bible, and that the Bible is worth reading.

If you have been burnt out in the past do not give up. There are plenty of tools available to get you through the difficulties, and will also allow you to see why the Bible is the greatest book ever written.

The One Year Bible Why I love it!

If you want to read through the Bible then stop right now, go to your local Christian bookstore and pick up a One Year Bible today! Trust me you are far more likely to read through the Bible with this baby than a typical pew bible. Here is what the One Year Bible does:

  1. It is available in almost any translation from the New International Version, to the King James Version.
  2. It is divided into 365 days of reading. If it is January 5th then you turn to the page that says January 5th and it has a reasonable amount of reading set up for you. If you do each of these readings for a year you will read through the whole Bible!
  3. Each reading will give you some reading from the Old Testament, the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb. So you don't have to worry about getting stuck on Leviticus.
  4. In fact, if you read through the One Year Bible you will read the Old Testament once, the New Testament twice, the Psalms twice, and the book of Proverbs twice!

You can probably already see how the One Year Bible will get you through the Bible much easier than reading cover to cover.

The One Year Bible In All It's Glory

Chronological Order

There is one bad thing about the One Year Bible: it's still not in chronological order. Well, I have something even better! The One Year Chronological Bible. Not only will it be divided into easy readings it is in chronological order!

  1. Did you know the book of Job was probably the first book of the Bible written?
  2. Did you know that the book of 1st Thessalonians was the first book written in the New Testament?
  3. Do you know the chronological order of the Old Testament prophets? With the chronological Bible you do now!

You Can Do It!

Perhaps in the past, you have wanted to read through the Bible but couldn't. The good news is there are plenty of helpful tools out there to get you through. This year can be different for you. You can do it!

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is good stuff. There is some "coincidence" that the one year concept is actually practiced in some liturgical churches. The core concept is good. I don't care how faithful one is -- the Old Testament will lend itself to depression if read from page to page.